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Agapanthus praecox

African blue lily

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Hardy perennial

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Agapanthus praecox

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Agapanthus praecox is a clump-forming South African perennial, with strap-like leaves and showy blue flowers from mid- to late summer. It's ideal for growing in containers, from which its pretty blooms stand tall, spilling over other pots.

Agapanthus praecox works well when planted en masse in the border or in a large container on the patio. For best results grow in a sheltered, sunny spot, in moist but well-drained soil. In exposed areas protect from frost in winter, or move potted plants indoors in autumn.

Family: Agapanthaceae

Genus: Agapanthus

Species: praecox

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 80cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: May to June

Time to plant: May to June

Flowering period: July to September

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