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Herbaceous Perennial

Agapanthus 'Shooting Stars'

A compact, deciduous, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with strap-shaped mid-green leaves and sturdy stems which produce panicles of bicoloured flowers in the summer. These are dark blue at the base and white from the middle of each flower to the outer edge.

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Blue White Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Amaryllidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
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

Name status

Accepted

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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 and take containers under cover. See agapanthus cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by division every three to four years in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Architectural
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

In late autumn remove or tidy up any remaining leaves, but seedheads can be left as they look attractive over winter

Pests

Generally pest-free but may be susceptible to agapanthus gall midge, slugs and snails

Diseases

Generally disease-free, but may be susceptible to a virus disease.

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