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Commonly known as: African blue lily, Lily-of-the-Nile, Love flower.
Genus of 6 species of vigorous perennials from southern Africa. Evergreen species are from coastal areas, deciduous ones from more moist mountain grassland in inland regions. Most hybrids are deciduous or semi-evergreen and are hardier than the species. The flowerheads form 3 groups, generally, upward-looking round umbels, pendent umbels and an intermediate form. They make long-lasting cut flowers and seed heads are decorative. They make attractive plants for large containers.
- Good to know - evergreen varieties are from coastal areas, deciduous from moister, inland regions.
- Pests & Diseases - slugs, snails, viruses.
- Place of Origin - southern Africa.
- Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
- Evergreen - mostly.
- Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - clump-forming perennials. Trumpet-shaped flowers above mounds of strap-like leaves.
- Full Sun - winter mulch in cold areas against frost damage.
- Fertile moist well-drained soil - loam based compost for containers.