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Herbaceous Perennial

Agapanthus campanulatus

bell African lily

A. campanulatus is a vigorous, clump-forming herbaceous perennial, to 1m tall, with narrow, strap-like, greyish-green leaves and erect stems bearing umbels of trumpet-shaped, pale to dark lavender-blue flowers in summer

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 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 Grey Silver
Summer Blue Green Grey Silver
Autumn Blue Green Grey Silver
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
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

Correct

Plant range
South Africa

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. For further guidance see Agapanthus cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by division every 3 to 4 years in spring

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

No need to cut down as the seedheads look attractive over winter

Pests

May be attacked by slugs and snails; agapanthus gall midge may also occur

Diseases

May be attacked by a virus

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