Agapanthus umbellatus
Agapanthus umbellatus
Agapanthus umbellatus
Agapanthus umbellatus
Agapanthus umbellatus
Agapanthus umbellatus
Agapanthus umbellatus
Agapanthus umbellatus
Agapanthus umbellatus
Agapanthus umbellatus
Agapanthus umbellatus

Agapanthus umbellatus

"African lily"

Agapanthus umbellatus

1 bare root — £5.95

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Description

Cool down those hot summer days with a wash of chilled out blue Agapanthus umbellatus, also known as the African Lily. A real jewel of the summer garden, it bursts into bloom from midsummer onwards with dozens of tiny lavender blue trumpets on short spikes, gathered into a large ball of colour. These dreamy Agapanthus flowerheads are held on upright stems at a useful mid-height, perfect for planting in  borders with smaller plants in front and taller plants behind.

These drought tolerant plants enjoy a hot, sunny position, they don't mind being a bit cramped and can cope with a poor, free-drianing soil, so they'll also be perfectly happy in a narrow bed along a wall and will grow in patio containers for years. Each tiny trumpet in this garden orchestra is finely detailed and delicate, it’s six lavender petals creating dainty beauty around the centre from which the lavender stamens extend. All in all, Agapanthus umbellatus' intricate flowerheads can reach around 20cm in size, making it a compelling feature from afar as well as up close!

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Drought tolerant

  • Fully hardy

  • May need winter cover

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Agapanthus umbellatus

  • Flower colour

    Blue

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    50-70cm

  • Plant spacing

    10 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Clump-forming
    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    3-4 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered
    Exposed

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Gravel gardens
    Wildlife gardens
    Coastal gardens
    Exotic gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Dry

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

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  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Agapanthus umbellatus roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "African lily" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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