Agapanthus flower head in full bloom Dark, steely-blue buds perched on firmly upright stems give way to striking lavender-blue, trumpet shaped blooms. Agapanthus Hybrids’ will flower freely from their second year, growing into dense, established clumps of strap-like, dark green foliage. In summer, this impressive perennial lends its stature to borders and patio containers, where their architectural seed heads continue the display well into autumn. The large spherical blooms are also magnificent in cut flower displays. Hardy in many parts of the UK, where good drainage and protective winter mulch is provided. Blue Agapanthus (Agapanthus africanus) produces beautiful blue flower spikes in June/July. Commonly known as the Lily of the Nile, Agapanthus grow to a height of around 90cm - Agapanthus like moist but well drained soil and to be grown in full sun. - Ideal border and container plants. Agapanthus is the only genus in the subfamily Agapanthoideae of the flowering plant family Amaryllidaceae The family is in the monocot order Asparagales. Agapanthus is commonly known as "Lily of the Nile" ('African lily' in the UK); but it is not a lily and all of the species are native to South Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope to the Limpopo River. Species boundaries are not clear in the genus, and in spite of having been intensively studied, the number of species recognized by different authorities varies from 6 to 10. The type species for the genus is Agapanthus africanus. A great many hybrids and cultivars have been produced and they are cultivated throughout warm areas of the world. Most of these were described in a book published in 2004.
Location: Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay, North Wales