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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.
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.
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)
Full sun - winter mulch in cold areas against frost damage.
Additional Features - Good to know - evergreen varieties are from coastal areas, deciduous from moister, inland regions.
Pests & Diseases - slugs, snails, viruses.
Place of origin - southern Africa.
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - loam based compost for containers.
- Planting location
- Planting and treatment
- Splitting / dividing pot grown plants - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Splitting / dividing plants - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing Herbaceous Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring Planting Osteospermums - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing Summer Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing summer flowering Hemerocallis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Supporting Plants - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dead heading meconopsis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dead heading Delphiniums - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Feeding herbaceous peonies - Video Tip ondemand_video