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Agapanthus africanus (African blue lily)

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Time to maturity
2-5 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Agapanthus africanus

Other names: African blue lily

Genus: Agapanthus

Species: A. africanus - A. africanus is a clump-forming, evergreen perennial with strap-like leaves and umbels of trumpet-shaped, deep blue flowers in late summer.

Agapanthus africanus is: Semi evergreen

Flower: Blue in Summer

Foliage: Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer

Habit: Upright

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Pests: Generally pest free.

Diseases: Generally disease free, but a virus disease may be a problem.

General care

Pruning: No need to cut down in the autumn, as the seedheads look attractive over winter. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation: Propagate by division every 3 to 4 years in spring.. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Division. REGISTER to

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Agapanthus africanus (African blue lily) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses: Architectural, Coastal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Mediterranean, Containers, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation: Grow in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Can also grow in a container. In cold areas, mulch well overwinter.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)

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