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Reliable, bold, striking and easy to maintain just begins to sum up this native of Southern Africa. Their lush and evergreen shiny foliage makes a striking statement all year when planted in broad strips, but this plant really climaxes when in bloom during late spring to early summer. Their flowers are round, showy and large on stiff upright stalks, equally beautiful in the garden or when used as cut flowers. These flowers often attract birds and butterflies too.

Agapanthus (6 blue/purple)

  • Plant name

    Plant family - Amaryllidaceae

    Botanical name - Agapanthus

    Common name - African lily, Lily of the Nile

    Main cultivars - Various 

    Plant description

    Plant type - Evergreen herbaceous perennial

    Plant size - In clumps 30 cm wide and 60 cm tall

    Leaves - Evergreen broad green shiny leaves

    Flowers - Flower from late spring to early summer. Flowers are rounded clusters made up of small blue purple bell-shaped flowers on stems up to 1m tall.

    Plant requirements

    Spacing - Space clumps 30 cm (centre to centre) or more apart

    Sun or shade - Full or partial sun.

    Water needs - Average. Keep soil moist but well drained.

    Soil - Well drained acid, alkaline or neutral soil. Will grow in chalk, loam, clay and sand.

    Tolerance - Rabbits, drought, salt.

    Pests - None in general.

    Maintenance - Low. Cut flowers at bottom of stem after flowering. Propagate all year, preferably from spring to fall.

    Feeding - Annually with a balanced fertilizer before flowering.

    Garden and home

    Uses - Plant in garden in beds and borders, edging,  patio and container, side border against a wall, fresh cut flowers

    Style - City and courtyard, coastal garden, gravel garden. Mediterranean


    As a rule, all plants including their flowers, seeds, roots and foliage must be considered unfit for human and pet consumption except if they are commonly known to be fit for consumption.

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