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Agapanthus orientalis

African lily

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to September
  • Height0.6m to 0.9m
  • Spread0.6m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourMid blue, sometimes white
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Agapanthus orientalis (African lily). Also known as Agapanthus praecox ssp orientalis, this species is a small dense, clump-forming, evergreen perennial with long strap-like leaves and mid blue, occasionally pure white trumpet-shaped flowers held in terminal clusters.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Rhizome, Herbaceous

Other common names

Aunty Aggy's pants

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

Ornamental, containers, borders.

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Needs

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

Cultivation

The sap of this plant is poisonous and can cause burning of the mouth if ingested or skin and eye irritation. If dividing plants, it is wise to use gloves.

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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