Eucomis ‘Freckles’ sounds more like a health condition than a cool plant, but I can assure you when it grows on you there’s no need for a doctor’s visit. Mine was an impulse buy a few years ago and the fact it’s still with me should say something about its ease of growing. Dormant and dry in a frost free spot for the winter, plant outside when it gets warm. It forms a bulb, it likes it sunny, and it does just fine in regular garden soil.
I don’t think anyone can accuse me of overcomplicating this post with over-the-top growing instructions but it really is that easy to grow. ‘Freckles’ is a hybrid version of the Eucomis species E. vandermerwei and as you might guess from the flower heads these plants are part of the group commonly referred to as pineapple lilies. I keep mine potted, but you don’t have to, they grow just fine in the open garden. ‘Freckles’ is a little on the small size and would likely get lost in the mess around here but someday the open garden might be worth a try, since rumor has it these are much hardier than you might think. Some reports even have them overwintering with no problem up into zone 6.
As a regular reader might guess I’ve got a few seedlings coming along as well since they’re relatively easy from seed. I’ll spare you the pictures but there’s a good chance you’ll see more and more pineapple lilies in the years to come 🙂
So there you have it, a short and sweet Thursday’s feature. Kimberley at Cosmos and Cleome hosts each week and it’s always nice to focus on one of the plants making you happiest each week.