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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.
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Height - 45-60cm (18-24in)
Spread - 60-90cm (24-36in)
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 perennial.
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) - mulch for winter in cold areas. Bring pots into shelter.
Additional Features - Good to know - - good for a container
Pests & Diseases - slugs, snails, viruses.
Place of origin - South Africa (Western Cape)
Flower Shape - Bell/Lantern - - bell-shaped
Garden Location/Conditions - Coastal / windswept -
Patio / pot plants
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Seasonal Interest - Summer -
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - loam based compost (JI No. 3) for containers.
Wildlife - Rabbit Resistant -
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