Plants: Agapanthus

October 13, 2012Devon No Comments »

The genus name means flower of love, from the Greek agape (meaning love) and anthos (meaning flower). Agapanthus have long, fleshy leaves that form dense clumps of evergreen or deciduous foliage. Tall stems tower above, bearing heads of bell-shaped or tubular flowers, in shades of blue, purple or white. In frost-free climates, flowers of evergreen varieties appear over a long season; in cooler zones, summer is the principal flowering season. Agapanthus ranges in height from 6 inches for dwarf forms, while giants can be up to 6 feet! Here are a few of my favorite varies:

peter1) Peter Pan Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus ‘Petter Pan’) Evergreen miniature variety forming the most compact of all the agapanthus. Foliage mounds to 6 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Mid-blue flowers on spikes to 12 inches tall. Flowers in mid-summer. Dry, well drained soils, full sun, zones 7-10.

snowwhite2) Snow White Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus ‘Snow White’) Prolific flowering variety. Lush strap foliage mounds are covered all spring & summer with pure-white flowers on a stalk to about 2 feet tall.

plenus3) Full Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus praecox ‘Plenus’) A true sterile form which does not produce a seed pod. Broad strap leaves happy in sun or shade. In early summer a short flower spike develops to about 2 feet and deep-ish blue double petalled flowers emerge from a bulbous looking cluster.

dutch4) Dutch Blue Giant Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus ‘Dutch Blue Giant’) The most spectacular of all Agapanthus; this variety is big in every respect! Lush foliage growth will develop into large clumps about 1m tall and across. In mid-summer masses of vertical dark-green & purple flower spikes emerge and will reach a height of over 6 feet.

getty5) Getty White Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus ‘Getty White’) A good cultivar with broad upright foliage, and a very large clear white ‘snowball’ flower to 3 feet tall.

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