Get that tropical look right at home in your zone 6 garden! This takes you for an adventure all season long, beginning in early summer, when deep olive green, wide, strap-shaped leaves emerge. The foliage lightens in intensity when the flower scapes appear. In late summer, cream flowers age to deep rosy purple. Compared to 'African Night', 'Safari Adventure' has bicolor flowers (instead of solid rose) and lighter olive green leaves in early summer. Like other late season bloomers such as Hibiscus or Perovskia, this will be one of the last to emerge in spring. This native of South Africa is called a Pineapple Lily for good reason-the inflorescence at the top of the flower scape looks like a tropical fruit.
Eucomis are a tropical looking perennial native of South Africa. They are nicknamed "Pineapple Lily" for their tall inflorescence and spiky tops that look like the tropical fruit. Excellent as a perennial thriller in containers or the landscape. These plants can be tender and winter protection is recommended when growing in colder zones.