|Eucomis 'Katie' on July 12.|
The three Eucomis 'Katie', also from Easy to Grow Bulbs, have performed quite well, staging themselves so that as one flower spike matures, the others are coming into their prime.
|Eucomis 'Katie' on Aug. 4.|
As the summer wanes, it takes longer for plants like Eucomis to grow a flower. While it looks as though the third bulb is putting out some effort, it just might not be enough. That's okay. 'Katie' has delightful blooms consisting of waxy white flowers with deep pink centers that grow larger as it matures. I'd have a hard time finding another plant that put on a show for so long.
Another pineapple lily I am growing this year is Eucomis montana. I found a sale price at Brent and Becky's Bulbs, so I was able to afford one to try. And I have to say: Yowza!
This species has similar flowers along its spike, but they are half again as large and pack the stem much more fully. It takes more than a week to open up completely from bottom to top of the stem. In another week, it looks even fuller, and will likely maintain its dignity for several more weeks.
I would definitely recommend Eucomis montana for its spectacular display, ease of growing and long bloom time.
|Eucomis montana on Aug. 11|
|Eucomis montana on Aug. 4.|
|Still good-looking on Aug. 19.|