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South African in origin and commonly named the Pineapple Plant as the topknot of leaves above the flower head does resemble that fruit. They appear above the ground only after the frosts have gone and go dormant with the first autumn frosts so when planted deeply can be regarded as being hardy in most of the UK. A striking pink and purple flowered selection identified in the 1960s with deep burgundy-purple leaves and flower stems which emerge from the ground in the early summer near black, turning more olive green by mid-summer. Cricket ball size tubers. They must be grown in direct sun to achieve their true colouration.
This plant/cultivar has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit because it has proved to be reliable in appropriate conditions and a good performing plant.
Plant 4-5" (10-12cm) deep in a sunny spot in well prepared soil or in pots. Keep well watered in summer. Must have direct sunlight.
Height 20" (50cm)