Native to South Africa, Agapanthus (African Lily) are such flamboyant and exotic-looking perennials that it is impossible not to love them! Easy to grow, pest and disease free, they feature showy, rounded clusters of brightly colored flowers on stiff, upright stalks atop clumps of beautiful, long, shiny leaves.

  • Fully hardy to half hardy, Agapanthus can be deciduous or evergreen, the evergreen varieties generally the most tender. Many hybrid cultivars are hardy in zones 7-11. Not sure about your growing zone? Check here
  • Agapanthus grow in upright clumps from fleshy rhizomes that produce short, tuberous roots.

'Peter Pan'

africanus 'Albus'

'Donau'

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  • Agapanthus are prized for their spectacular spherical flower clusters packed with up to 20-100 tubular to bell-shaped flowers. They come in a variety of colors, including purple, blue or white and bloom from early summer to early fall, depending on variety and species.
  • The Agapanthus foliage is equally attractive and provides interest when the plant is not blooming. Some varieties have thick, strappy leaves while others enjoy small, grass-like leaves. The foliage color varies from rich green to blue-green and there are gorgeous variegated cultivars with cream or white stripes down the edge of their leaves - providing a striking contrast against the rich blue flowers.

'Arctic Star'

'Luly'

'Northern Star'

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  • Agapanthus range in size from 18 in. (45 cm) to 4 ft. tall (120 cm). The dwarf forms are especially good as container plants, as restricted root growth induces heavier flowering.
  • They look spectacular when planted in great swathes, fit most garden settings or mixed borders, make fantastic accent plants in containers on the patio. They add an exotic touch to any planting scheme and make excellent cut flowers.
  • Their blue flowers combine well with the hot colors of canna lilies, crocosmias, kniphofias, dahlias.

'Dr Brouwer'

'Silver Moon'

'Queen Mum'

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  • Agapanthus thrive in full sun in fertile, moist and well-drained soil. In hot climate areas, they will do better in partial shade. They show no preference for pH, except Agapanthus africanus which prefers an acid soil.
  • Most cultivars are drought tolerant and present a great choice for coastal areas as they cope well with windy and salty air.
  • Removing the faded blossoms will promote new growth and prevent the plant from wasting energy on seed production.
  • Agapanthus are easy to propagate by division - between spring and early summer, or in early fall, after plants have finished flowering. Agapanthus species can be propagated by seed.
  • Agapanthus have few problems. The common reasons for Agapanthus to fail to flower are too much shade, cold weather or lack of winter protection.