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Eucomis comosa is a perennial plant, growing from a large bulb, which is often purple in colour. It is an ornamental plant with numerous cultivars, varying in colour from forms with white flowers and little or no purple on the leaves, to forms with deeply coloured leaves.The leaves usually have purple spots and may have an overall purple tinge; var. striata has purple stripes. The tepals are whitish to purple, the ovary always purple. Most plants have a pleasant coconut-like scent.
Aloha Lily Eucomis are exotic, fragrant, drought tolerant once established, are nearly disease and pest free, are low input and have an extended shelf life. There are currently three main varieties: Leia, a burgundy-purple; Maui, a pure white; and Nani, a soft pink.
It is called the Pineapple Lily for its unusual flower heads that either resemble pineapples or are perfectly cylindrical. The leaves are thick and lance shaped and make up a full basal rosette. Pineapple Lilies like rich, loose soil and full sun. They will grow in partial shade, but will have fewer and smaller flowers.
Aloha Lily Eucomis do well over a wide range of environmental conditions and can be grown as potted plants or in-ground. Cold hardiness to USDA Zone 6.
Eucrosias are tropical bulbs that are very easy to grow and bloom. They go dormant for the winter. When dormant, keep the soil slightly moist and the pot in a shady location.
Eucryphia moorei is a small handsome tree or tall shrub which occurs naturally in cool temperate rainforest areas on the moist slopes of the coastal ranges in southern New South Wales and Victoria. It is generally found growing in sheltered areas in acid soils rich in organic matter.
The horticultural merit of E. moorei has not been widely recognised. Its slender, upright growth habit makes it ideally suitable for small domestic gardens in the sheltered environment of a courtyard or a small secluded corner. Prefers a moist well-drained soil pretty free of lime. Requires plenty of light if it is to flower freely, tolerating almost full sun if the soil is cool and moist. Prefers to grow with its roots in the shade and its canopy in the sun. Another report says that it is shade tolerant. Does not thrive in very cold, dry or exposed positions. This species is only hardy in sheltered maritime gardens, tolerating temperatures down to about -5 C.
The pale, pinkish-brown, close-grained timber was used by the early settlers for cabinet making and possibly axe and tool handles.
There are seven species, two in South America and five in Australia, and several named hybrids.