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Agapanthus 'Back in Black'

African blue lily

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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Flowers



Skill level


photo by Visions, copyright GAP Photos (61906)

Plant details

Back in Black is a new variety of the traditional blue African lily. The large heads of dark blue flowers are complemented by dark almost black stems. As the flowers fade they are followed by black seeds heads that create a dramatic, architectural effect. These last well when cut or dried for the house. Grow in moist but well-drained soil in a sunny spot. In colder area, put on a dry mulch in winter. Alternatively, plant in large pots and move to a sheltered spot during bad weather.

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Agapanthus

Cultivar: Back in Black

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 80cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Reader reviews


very goood


I planted a few bare rooted agapanthus 2 years ago directly into the garden, light soil, sunny spot.... and nothing yet!! should i dig them up and have a look if they are still there, and move them to a pot? they cost a few bob too!!

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