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Agapanthus umbellatus 'Ovatus'

African blue lily

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Heather Edwards, copyright GAP Photos (109942)

Plant details

African blue lilies add a touch of the exotic to the summer garden with their stunning blue flowers, held above strappy foliage. 'Ovatus' produces delightful open bell-shaped, rich blue blooms in mid- to late summer. 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: Alliaceae

Genus: Agapanthus

Species: umbellatus

Cultivar: Ovatus

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

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