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Agapanthus africanus

Lily-of-the-Nile

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height0.6m to 1m
  • Spread0.5m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourBlue
  • Leaf ColourBright green

Description

Agapanthus africanus (Lily-of-the-Nile). This is an evergreen species which produces umbels of bell-shaped blue flowers that will bloom in the summer. The leaves are strap-like and glossy bright green and very attractive.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Bulb, Herbaceous

Other common names

African lily

Origin

S. Africa

Interest and use

Cutting bed, container, border, greenhouse

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

The roots are thick and tuberous and they should be divided every few seasons in the spring to maintain its vigour. Remove the fading blooms; this will benefit your plant and stimulate further flowering. Water and feed well during the growing season. They will grow especially well in cool climates.

Propagation

Divide clumps in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs, snails and viruses may be a problem.

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