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Eucomis vandermerwei

Common name dwarf spotted pineapple lily
Family hyacinthaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z8-10)
Flowers purple (late summer-fall)
Size 6"
Cultural notes well-drained soil, not too dry
From seed germinate at room temperature; scarification may be helpful
detailed seed-starting info below

Smaller species that forms a broad clump of wavy-margined, purple-spotted strappy leaves. Flower spikes, extending just above the leaves, are dark purple, shaped like smaller versions of the more commonly grown pineapple lilies. Native to the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa, where they grow in well-drained soil, although the area itself receives plentiful rainfall. Winter survival likely depends on good drainage, such as provided in a rock garden.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '20/'21 exchange. BAggy 70F (80%G, 5-8w). Germination started after, several weeks in, I scarified the seeds, piercing the shiny outer husk with a knife tip

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