Blue Nile Lily / Agapanthus

Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ – This cultivar originated as a seedling from ‘Mood Indigo’, which was created by crossing A. africanus and A. pendulus. It has 3-4′ high flowers stalks with umbels of deep violet blue flowers, often with up to 100 blooms per cluster. The foliage remains evergreen in milder regions and it can be divided every 3 years in spring. Grows 18-24″ by 2-3′. Zone 7.

Agapanthus africanus ‘Peter Pan’ – A dwarf evergreen Agapanthus that works well in containers. It features umbels of pale blue flowers (with a darker blue stripe down the center of each petal) on stalks about 18″ high from July to September. These are borne over green strap-like foliage. Overwinter in a cool greenhouse. Grows 8-12″ high by 12-18″ wide. Zone 8.

Agapanthus ‘Snowflake’ (syn. ‘Snow Flake’)- A great companion plant for either ‘Baby Blue’ or ‘Peter Pan’ due to its diminutive size. It repeat blooms throughout the summer with pure white flower clusters held on 16″ high stalks and features compact green strap-like basal leaves. It is best overwintered indoors in coastal BC. Grows 8-10″ high by 16″ wide. Hardy to zone 8.

Agapanthus ‘Baby Blue’ – A dwarf Agapanthus which can be reluctant to bloom when frequently transplanted, so leave it to bulk up. It bears pale cornflower blue flowers on 16″ tall stems over green strap-like foliage that much resembles Mondo Grass. Agapanthus works well in containers as it blooms best when slightly pot-bound. Grows 10-12″ high by 16″ wide. Z8.

Agapanthus praecox spp. orientalis ‘Black Pantha’ (syn. ‘Black Panther’) – One of the darkest cultivars with violet-black buds opening to deep purple flower clusters held on 3′ high stalks. It makes a good long-lasting (12-14 days) cut flower. Works well in containers or can be dry-mulched (with coarse bark nuggets) to overwinter in-ground. Grows 3′ high by 2′ wide. Zone 7.

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