AGAPANTHUS

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Agapanthus africanus (african lily / blue african lily / lily of the nile) - A wonderful, bulbous perennial with long, strap like , evergreen leaves up to inch wide and large, showy clusters of tubular, deep blue flowers.  These flowers are borne in umbels of between 20 and 30 on scapes up to 20 inches tall.  This plant is hardy in zones 8 - 10 and makes a wonderful tub plant elsewhere.  It is native to the mountains of the Cape in South Africa.

Agapanthus africanus 'Peter Pan' (dwarf lily of the nile) - A dwarf form with abundant blue flowers.  It performs exceptionally well for us and multiplies rapidly.  It almost always blooms for Mother's Day!

Agapanthus 'Blue Baby' - A splendid, dwarf, herbaceous perennial of tidy, clump forming habit with a 10 inch tall basal mass of smallish, strap like, rich green foliage.  From this are produced several 16 inch tall stems topped with rounded heads of soft blue, bell like flowers.  This dwarf form is excellent for edging and borders or for pot and terrace planters.

Agapanthus campanulatus (blue bell agapanthus) - This is a hardy (zones 6 - 9) species with deciduous, strap shaped, grey-green leaves up to 1 feet long.  In addition, it has 2 to 2 foot tall stalks which hold heads of many wide spreading, campanulate, blue to white flowers.  This species is native to Natal and does best in a rich soil with unfailing moisture.

Agapanthus 'Elaine' [PP #7303] - A vigorous, fast growing evergreen to 18 inches with 2 foot stalks of dark violet-blue flowers in mid-summer.  Zones 8 - 10.

Agapanthus 'Ella Mae' [PP #7297] - A lovely cultivar with evergreen, strap like leaves and drooping flowers of an intense, dark blue.  This one is very dramatic when used to its best in either full sun or partial shade.  Zones 8 - 10.

Agapanthus inapertus 'Mood Indigo' (violet agapanthus) - This is an excellent, hardy perennial with umbels of up to 100 deep violet flowers on stalks up to 2 feet tall.  The foliage goes dormant in areas having cold winters.  This is probably the best agapanthus we offer and it is certainly a favorite of ours.  Hardy in zones 6 - 9.

Agapanthus 'Midnight Blue' - This much prized, dwarf selection originated in Ireland.  It makes a neat clump of strap like foliage to 1 feet tall and wide.  The deep violet-blue flowers are produced in 4 inch wide clusters on stalks up to 2 feet tall.  The individual flowers open up full and wide facing outwards and upwards.  Best planted "en masse" for greatest effect.

Agapanthus orientalis:  Please see Agapanthus praecox subspecies orientalis.

Agapanthus praecox subspecies orientalis - These are wonderful plants that are similar to (and often sold as) Agapanthus africanus, only much larger.  Here the leaves are broader (up to 2 inches wide), the flowers larger and the flower clusters (with up to 110 blue flowers each) are on scapes 2 to 3 feet tall.  This evergreen species does best if not planted in a heavy soil and if protected from hard frosts.  It is a native of the eastern Cape in South Africa and is hardy in zones 8 - 10.

Agapanthus praecox subspecies orientalis 'Albidus' - A lovely, white flowered form of this species.  It truly in beautiful!

Agapanthus 'Storm Cloud' - A splendid, semi-deciduous hybrid with stems up to 6 feet tall supporting huge heads of magnificent, semi-pendant, deep purple-blue flowers during the summer.  Zones 8 - 10.