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Agapanthus Genus

African lily

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Agapanthus genus (African lily). These are clump-forming perennials, some of which are evergreen with upright stems. The leaves are strap-shaped; the narrow-leaf forms are frost hardy and the broad leaf ones are half hardy. They will produce large umbels of bell to tubular-bell shaped or trumpet shaped flowers, that will bloom in shades of white, blue and purple. The seedheads are also ornamental.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Herbaceous

Other common names

Lily-of-the-Nile, Love flower

Origin

South Africa

The name Agapanthus comes from the Greek 'agape' - love; and 'anthos' - flower.

Interest and use

Ornamental, containers, borders.

Cultivation

Protect crowns in the winter with a mulch. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Propagation

The plants will increase slowly but may be propagated by division in the spring. The plants may also be raised from seed in the autumn or spring (but cultivars will not come true from seed).

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs, snails and viruses may be a problem.

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