Eucomis revisited

David Fenwick Snr.
Mon, 19 Jul 2010 16:07:27 PDT
>>>>>>Has anyone else grown the Eucomis autumnalis, dwarf form from Devon,

>>>>>>I have a few different collections of "dwarf" E. autumnalis, but I 
>>>>>>have to say that, to date, this is my favorite.  Has anyone else 
>>>>>>tested hardiness on this one?

Hi Ellen,
I can't remember sending Dawie seed but it's very likely I did, if so the 
plants came to me as Eucomis autumnalis 'White Dwarf'; and yes it's a 
cracking plant and very dependable to flower. The original plant was 
obtained from a private garden in Teignmouth, South Devon, in 2001. Haven't 
obviously really had to test the hardiness but the plants did well both in 
the ground and in clay containers. I've got a feeling that I found these to 
have come from a probable Dutch source, as I've either seen them sold as dry 
bulbs or have grown the same from a packet.

Eucomis autumnalis 'White Dwarf'
Height in Flower - 43cm
Length of Flowering Head - 19cm
Flower Diameter - 18mm
Flower Colour - Pure white, shading green.
Crown - Larger than width of inflorescence
Leaf Length - 30cm
Leaf Width - 5cm

Nearly 50% of the spike is covered in flowers. The Eucomis I really used to 
rate were the ones that stood up for themselves and have over 50% of the 
scape covered in bloom. There aren't really that many that do this and don't 
need staking, but those that meet the criterior are exceptional plants.

One of my all time favorites is a little bigger than 'White Dwarf ' but not 
by much, it's called
Eucomis comosa 'Rose Selection', or as it originally came to me 'Roze 

Height in Flower - 43cm
Length of Flowering Head - 25cm
Flower Diameter - 24mm
Flower Colour - lilac pink.
Crown - Less than width of inflorescence
Leaf Length - 57cm
Leaf Width - 8.5cm
Leaf Colour - Bronzey purple.

Certainly one to look out for.

Best Wishes,

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