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Pineapple lily could help N.Y. nursery industry bloom

Chris Wien (Lindsay France/University Photography)

Chris Wien (Lindsay France/University Photography)

Cornell Chronicle article by Alex Koeberle 2013-07-25:

With its long, speckled stalks, vibrant flowers and long vase life, the pineapple lily appeals to those who appreciate brash, beautiful blooms.

It could also provide new opportunities for Northeast nurseries, according to Cornell horticulturists who would like to see the South African native take root in upstate New York.

Chris Wien, professor of horticulture, experiments with cut flowers to determine which varieties hold the most promise for the state’s $6.3 billion nursery industry, and he believes he’s found a winner in Eucomis.

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