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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.
HerbaceousEarly in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.Clump-forming perennial with erect, strap-shaped leaves to 70cm (28in) long.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)Mulch for winter in cold areas. Bring pots into shelter
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowAn ideal container subjectPests & DiseasesSlugs, snails, viruses.Place of originSouth Africa
Garden Location/ConditionsPatio / pot plants
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilLoam-based compost (JI No. 3) for containers.
Toxic - Category CHarmful if eatenHarmful to dogs
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AGAPANTHUS africanus 'Albus'
AGAPANTHUS campanulatus 'Rosewarne'
AGAPANTHUS 'Black Pantha'
AGAPANTHUS inapertus 'Graskop'
Buy Varieties of AGAPANTHUS
white tinged pink
deep blue flowers
shades of blue
large bicoloured flowers
full heads of blue-black flowers from darker buds
tall growing evergreen variety, very suitable as a cut flower. Large rounded sky-blue flowers
narrow foliage and lilac flowers.
a superb combination of low growing dense golden-edged foliage with short stalks of light blue flowers. Ideal as an attractive groundcover. This new plant will become a best seller
deciduous and hardy. Black stems and large blue flowers
deciduous and hardy. Black stems and white flowers with a small splash of purple
emerging buds are almost black opening to a dark violet-blue. Deciduous and hardy
blue flowers with a darker blue stripe down the centre of each petal
a genuine dwarf variety with dark green grass-like foliage and blue flowers 12-15 inches tall
very dark blue flowers
dark violet-blue flowers
excellent for pot growing, dark blue flowers
tall growing form with deep violet-purple flowers.
bicoloured flowers. White with purple-blue at base
rich dark blue flowers on large flower heads
dark violet blue flowers on this new and impressive variety
dwarf growing with yellow and silver variegated foliage and white flowers flushed pale blue at the edges
the leaves are variegated green and white. Flowers are mid-blue and contrast nicely with the leaves
dwarf type with a clump forming habit which is good for pot growing. Pure white flowers
(syn. Fragrant Snow). Evergreen variety with dense white flowers
white flowers which have a flush of pink as they mature
prolific mid blue flowers and weeping semi dwarf habit. Makes an excellent cut flower
the flowers are white to soft lilac fading to pink. An unusual combination in an agapanthus flower