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How to Grow Agapanthus africanus Plants in your Garden

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African lily

Agapanto azul (Agapanthus africanus photograph by mauroguanandi.


Agapanthus africanus Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Agapanthus africanus
  • Common Name: African lily
  • Growing Zone: USA: 9 to 10
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Indoor Plant, Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 24 to 36
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 12 to 18
  • Time of Bloom: Late summer and early autumn
  • Flower Details: Blue
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Irregular or sprawling, Spreading or horizontal, Upright or erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Average pace
  • Suitable Soil Types: Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture:

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Division every 3 to 4 years in spring
  • How to Prune: No need to cut down in the autumn, as the seedheads look attractive over winter
  • Pests: Usually pest free
  • Diseases: Usually pest free, some viral diseases

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of:
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Container, Foundation, En masse , Specimen
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers, Suitable for dried flowers, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Agapanthus
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here



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