Blue Storm Lily Of The Nile
Blue Storm Lily Of The Nile
Agapanthus praecox orientalis 'ATIBlu' P.P.# 14,332Item #0173 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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Sky-blue flowers on a rugged intermediate-sized plant. Healthy green bladed foliage produces a dense clump. Bell shaped flowers bloom on short sturdy stalks. Excellent for containers and as edging. Highly adaptable to wet or dry conditions when established, ideal for drier warm or tropical areas. Herbaceous perennial.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Needs less frequent watering, once established.Average Landscape Size:Rapid growth 12 in. tall, 20 in. wide; flower stems to 30 in. tall.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ag-a-PANTH-us pray-koks or-ee-en-TAY-lissPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:4 - 9, 12 - 31Growth habit:CompactGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Rapid growth 12 in. tall, 20 in. wide; flower stems to 30 in. tall.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Mid-springFlower color:PurplePatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasA reliable lush foliage plant for massing over large areas with bright green foliage. Uniform growth makes it suited for formal edging along walks, lawns and driveways. Creates a more naturalistic edge when used along flagstones. Ideal source of blue for middle of the border. Cloak bare legs under tropical looking plants such as palms. Rounded form is attractive as a single, in containers, or as irregular groups.Companion PlantsThis smaller agapanthus is a perfect match for Tricolor Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea 'Tricolor') and Golden Nugget Japanese Barberry, (Berberis thunbergii 'Monlers'). It is particularly well matched with Little Grapette Miniature Daylily, (Hemerocallis x 'Little Grapette'), Cream De Mint Dwarf Mock Orange, (Pittosporum tobira 'Shima'), Marmalade Coral Bells, (Heuchera x 'Marmalade') and Copper Rose Mullein, (Verbascum 'Copper Rose').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old flower stalks. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Needs less frequent watering, once established.
- History & LoreHistory:The genus was named after the Greek for love flower by French botanist, Charles L'Heritier de Brutelle in the late 18th century. This species was first classified by Linnaeus as Crinum africanum, and grouped with society garlic as Tulbaghia africana by German botanist Gustave Kunze. It was finally classified properly by Karl Hoffmann in the late 19th century. It is a member of the Amaryllid gsmily. The only other cultivated species is A campanulatus. Despite its common name, lily of the Nile originates not in Egypt but at the opposite end of Africa in the coastal mountains of the Cape of Good Hope. Snow Storm is an important new white variety of this otherwise blue flowered perennial introduced by Monrovia Nursery Co. in 2002.Lore:An amazing Agapanthus! One five-year-old plant can produce as many as 100 flowers from spring into summer, each bright blue flower measuring 4 inches across. Once established, blooms 2 to 3 weeks later than other dwarfs. This vigorous and easy-to-grow sport of Snowstorm Lily of the Nile was selected for its uniform, compact growth and prolific, extended flowering habit. A colorful landscape plant that will thrive in difficult and warm climatic conditions, given full sun exposure.