Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Uses Groundcover
Common Names Lily-of-the-Nile, African Lily
Scientific Name Agapanthus orientalis
Cold Hardiness Yes
Light Needs Partial Shade is ideal
Flower Color Blue, white
Blooms Springtime for 6 weeks
Water Needs Steady
Leaves Green
E/D Evergreen
Life – A/P length Perennial
Mature Height 3 Feet
Growth Rate Slow

As a ground cover this plant has a lot going for it. It’s long slender leaves that spread out, fan like are the perfect backdrop for its long-stemmed flowers. For six weeks in the spring, it puts on a lively show. As a slow grower, it would be a good landscaping solution for an embankment, along a walkway or against a fence.

For an added exotic flavor, our horticulturist friends tell us that the name of Agapanthus is derived from the words ‘love’ and ‘flower’ from the Greek language. We say it blooms for six weeks. However, it has been known to bloom in late December for a welcome surprise. The cluster of flower petals have a funnel shape and range in numerous shades from a blue-violet to a pure white. This plant thrives in a sunny yet sheltered place. Regular watering—avoid letting the soil dry out—and feeding with fertilizer will keep it healthy, if the soil drains well. In preparation for winter, be sure to mulch this plant thoroughly for the promise of those gorgeous flowers in the spring.

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