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Agapanthus

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ag-ah-PAN-thus
Description

Agapanthus, or African Lily, is a beautiful blue-flowering plant that blooms in mid to late summer.  While it is primarily used as a container plant, it can also be grown as a border plant. 

Agapanthus prefers full to AM sun and sandy, well-drained, moist soil.  When planting, cover the fleshy rhizomes with 1 in. (2.5 cm.) of soil and space 8 in. (20 cm) apart.  It is semi-hardy, injured below 28 degrees F (-2 degrees C).  It may be difficult to overwinter Agapanthus where winters are cold and wet, so site plants near rock walls or house foundations to moderate cold winter soil temperatures.  It can be propagated by dividing the rhizomes.  This plant is seldom damaged by deer.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • A. africanus
    Moderately salt tolerant
  • 'Albus'
  • 'Blue Baby'
  • 'Blue Triumphator'
  • 'Donau'
  • 'Elaine'
Tags:
#white#pink#sun#bulb#full sun#summer#blue#white flowers#container plant#pink flowers#blue flowers#moist soil#sandy soil#lily#well-drained soil#summer flowers#bulbs#deer resistant#rhizomes#foundation planting#summer bulbs#rock gardens#borders#am sun
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • A. africanus
    Moderately salt tolerant
  • 'Albus'
  • 'Blue Baby'
  • 'Blue Triumphator'
  • 'Donau'
  • 'Elaine'
Tags:
#white#pink#sun#bulb#full sun#summer#blue#white flowers#container plant#pink flowers#blue flowers#moist soil#sandy soil#lily#well-drained soil#summer flowers#bulbs#deer resistant#rhizomes#foundation planting#summer bulbs#rock gardens#borders#am sun
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Agapanthus
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    This plant is seldom damaged by deer.
    Bulb Storage:
    Two overwintering systems are available. They are: (1) Leave fleshy rhizomes in container with slightly moist planting medium and place at 35-41 degrees F (2-5 degrees C). (2) Place container in cool (35-41 degrees F or 2-5 degrees C) greenhouse and water sparingly during the winter. Return to growing area in spring.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer