These impressive bulbous perennials form a large basal rosette of wide, strap-shaped leaves, with an erect purple-spotted stem bearing a dense raceme of star-shaped pale green flowers, each tepal edged with maroon, and all topped by a crown of leafy bracts, opening in late summer and early autumn.
Sow seeds at any time, covering them very thinly with compost or grit, keeping the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination so be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing in the moist seed pot in the winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.
Common name:Pineapple lily
Seeds / gram:60 (Approx)