vandermerwei is a stunning member of the
Hyacinthaceae family from the Transvaal in
Africa, mostly in the highest outcrops of the
Steenkampsberg (east of Johannesburg).
Like all the other
members of Eucomis it is commonly known
as the Pineapple Plant because of
the topknot of leaves above the flower spike.
vandermerwei is one of the smallest in the
genus, growing not much more than six inches or
15cm high. The wavy edged leaves are heavily
speckled in purple. The flowers, purple with
yellow anthers, appear during August and
September and can last into October. This plant
is thought to be one of South Africa's