Blue Storm Lily Of The Nile
Blue Storm Lily Of The Nile
Agapanthus praecox ssp. orientalis 'ATIBlu' Plant Patent #14,332Item #0173 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
Beautiful clusters of sky-blue flowers on a rugged intermediate-sized plant. Healthy, green bladed foliage forms 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 warm and dry or tropical areas. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Quickly reaches 12 in. tall, 20 in. wide; blooms reach 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:Quickly reaches 12 in. tall, 20 in. wide; blooms reach 30 in. tall.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Mid-Spring to SummerFlower 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 PlantsPittosporum (Pittosporum); Coneflower (Echinacea); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Iris (Iris); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
- CareCare InformationEasily grown in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring; repeat after flowering. Blooms best when undisturbed, but may be divided when overcrowded.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- 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 flower clusters from spring into summer, each bright blue bloom 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.