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Agapanthus praecox

Common Agapanthus

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to September
  • Height0.6m to 0.9m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPurple blue
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Agapanthus praecox (Common Agapanthus). This is a clump forming, evergreen Agapanthus. It generally has purple-blue flowers which will bloom in the summer.

There are three subspecies: Agapanthus praecox subsp. praecox, Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis and Agapanthus praecox subsp. minimus

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Bulb

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their ornamental flowers and seedheads. Often used for cutting. Mixed borders, containers, massed plantings, gravel plantings.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilLight, Medium
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Suitable for coastal conditions. Can tolerate dry 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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