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The rare Eucomis vandermerwei is native only to the small high rainfall region in the Northern Drakensberg Mountains between 7000' and 8000' elevation (Steenkampsberg range) just east of Pretoria, South Africa. In the wild, they are found in well-drained rocky crevices, free from winter moisture. In the garden, the dwarf E. vandermerwei makes a wonderful rock garden plant. The heavily ruffled, narrow, green and purple spotted ground-hugging leaves form a 15" wide clump. The dark purple, mini pineapple-looking flowers top the foliage late in the season...just darling. If kept dry when dormant, these should prove to be quite winter hardy.