Agapanthus africanus 'Albus' misapplied
African lily 'Albiflorus'
'Albiflorus' is a herbaceous perennial up to 1.2m high with evergreen leaves, 40-70cm long, and round flowerheads, up to 25cm across, of a hundred or more white flowers, up to 5cm long, from late summer to early autumn
Other common nameswhite African lily [misapplied]
SynonymsAgapanthus africanus 'Albus' misapplied
Agapanthus umbellatus 'Albus'
see moreAgapanthus praecox 'Albus'
Agapanthus 'Africanus White'
Agapanthus orientalis 'Albus'
Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis 'Albus'
Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis var. albiflorus
Ultimate height1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.5–1 metres
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
South–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming
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
- Name status
How to grow
In colder areas, grow in containers in loam-based compost such as John Innes No. 3, water freely when in growth but sparingly in winter, and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly from spring until flowering; in milder areas, grow outside in moisture-retentive but well-drained soil in full sun, in a sheltered position such as a south-facing or wet-facing wall, and provide winter protection with a dry mulch; for more advice, see Agapanthus cultivation
Propagate by division in spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Mediterranean climate plants
- Cottage and informal garden
- Patio and container plants
- Wall side borders
- Cut flowers
- Flower borders and beds
No pruning required except cutting back dead flower stems, but allow them to remain until spring, because the seedheads look attractive over winter
Generally disease-free but may be affected by virus diseases
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