• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage reaches 8 to 12 in. tall and wide; flowers stalks to 18 in. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Dwarf Habit
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ag-a-PANTH-us af-ri-KAH-nus
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 9, 12 - 31
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Foliage reaches 8 to 12 in. tall and wide; flowers stalks to 18 in. tall.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Blue
    Garden styleContemporary, Cottage
    Design IdeasDwarf Agapanthus is a garden work horse filling many roles. Perfect for a tidy edging against walkways or lawn. Spot into the front of borders for a leafy filler and blue flowers in season. Delightful for narrow planters along the base of a white picket fence. Super container plant in pots and bowls along with seasonal color. One of the best choices for tidy swimming pool planting.
    Companion PlantsConeflower (Echinacea); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Iris (Iris); Pinks (Dianthus); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easily grown in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply and regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring; repeat after flowering. Blooms best when undisturbed, but may be divided when overcrowded.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    Despite its name, lily of the Nile, this plant isn't native to Egypt or anywhere near the Nile. It is a native of the rivers and streams of Southern Africa in the coastal mountains of the Cape of Good Hope. The long dry season there has contributed to its drought resistance. The genus was named from the Greek for love flower by a French botanist. This plant is not a true lily either, but a member of the Amaryllis family with only two other species in cultivation, A. campanulatus and A. orientalis.
    The flower of Agapanthus inspired art and sculpture of the Modern movement and became a signature of midcentury pop art motifs.


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