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Eucomis montana
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Eucomis montana

Montane Pineapple Lily

Item #: 5085

Zones: 7a to 9b, possibly colder

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: South Africa

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

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This threatened (not by me) pineapple lily hails from the northern end of South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains (Mpumalanga, Free State, and Swaziland) where it can be found growing in grasslands on rocky hillsides. Eucomis montana forms an attractive rosette of thick, upright, heavily-spotted dorsal (on the bottom) leaves which are often edged in purple. The flower spikes, which reach 15" tall, are stunning with pure white flowers highlighted with a brown/black central ovary. Eucomis montana has become one of my favorite eucomis species.

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