• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Agapanthus 'Angela'

African lily 'Angela'

African lily 'Angela'

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  • Other common names African lily 'Angela'

  • Family Agapanthaceae

  • Genus Agapanthus are clump-forming perennials with narrowly strap-shaped leaves, evergreen in some species, and erect stems bearing umbels of funnel-shaped blue or white flowers

  • Details

    'Angela' is a vigorous herbaceous perennial to 1.2m tall with strap-shaped leaves; in summer, heads of slightly nodding, pale blue, funnel-shaped flowers are borne on strong stems

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H4

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or grow in a container. In cold areas, mulch well overwinter. See agapanthus cultivation

Propagation Propagate by division every three to four years in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants Mediterranean Climate Plants City & Courtyard Gardens

How to care

Pruning No pruning required except cutting back dead flower stems, but allow them to remain until spring, as the seedheads look attractive over winter

Pests Generally pest-free but may be affected by slugs and snails and by agapanthus gall midge

Diseases A virus disease may be a problem

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