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botanical name:
Agapanthus africanus
Agapanthus africanus © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  African lily
synonyms:  Agapanthus umbellatus
family:  Liliaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 0.90m
width: 0.50m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: grassy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: blue
stem/bark: green
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -3°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
description:
Fleshy rooted evergreen with relatively short, strap-like leathery leaves and strong stems supporting the large umbels of tubular blue flowers.

cultivation:
Not very hardy in Britain, but will tolerate several degrees of frost if located in a favourable, well drained, position. Must have good sunlight to flower successfully. Prefers a light, slightly acid, very well drained soil.

propagation:
By division, which is best done only when clumps get very congested.
From seed, sown as soon as ripe or in spring. Best left undisturbed in their first year. May take 2 or 3 years to produce flower.

other notes:
Often confused with Agapanthus praecox.

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