Agapanthus africanus

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2 litre pot £24.99 £19.99
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Buy Agapanthus africanus African lily: Wonderful globes of blue flowers from midsummer

This perennial is semi-evergreen so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil (or John Innes no. 2 compost for containers)
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to September
  • Hardiness: half hardy (will need protection from frost in winter)

    Globes of of trumpet-shaped blue flowers which can be variable in colour appear from July to September on straight stems above bold clumps of strap-like, mid-green leaves. These beautiful African lilies provide valuable late summer interest in a sunny, well-drained border, or large patio pot. Where temperatures fall below zero, container-grown specimens should be overwintered in a frost free place.

  • Garden care: Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly from spring until flowering. Towards the end of September ease back on watering and feeding of plants in containers to allow the foliage to toughen up. In cold areas, protect the crowns of the plants with a deep, dry mulch to protect them from hard frosts, or grow in a pot so they can be overwintered in an unheated greenhouse. Divide agapanthus that have become too big in spring, but remember you will often get more flowers when the roots are constricted.

  • Humans/Pets: Harmful if eaten

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Notes on Agapanthus africanus

"Plant in a sunny border, mulch with gravel, and wait for the soft-blue touch paper of the African lily to ignite - they’re evening stars of August."

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Good quality product


This was a particular variety that I wanted and wasn't disappointed.




First year so no flowers yet


This is a healthy plant and though not as big as expected I know it will fill out. I didn't have any flowers this year but looking forward to hopefully seeing some next summer




Looks good in pots


In pots on my patio look great




Excellent plant


Beautiful plant




Very good and will buy more


Great in a big pot.




Depending on how it flowers in 2018, I may buy again


Expecting plant to flower this coming season




I would recommend this plant


Good specimen, looks great in a pot on the patio





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Hi If I buy the 2ltpot size of Agapanthus will it flower this year?


Hello there There is a good chance that it will, but sorry we cannot guarantee this as it does depend on external factors such as how much sun the plant gets, where it is planted, water, nutrients etc. but hopefully it will.

When's the best time to plant agapanthus?


Hello there As this agapanthus is not fully hardy I would wait until the spring to plant it in the garden after the last of the frosts. If it is going into a container, you can plant now and keep it in a frost free spot such as a greenhouse.

one of my agapanthus plants didn't flower yet and there are no signs of flower spikes appearing. It has been in a large pot in the same position since last year, when it flowered profusely. It gets sun in the mornings. The leaves look very healthy. Is there any reason it would not flower this year?


Hello, These plants do like as much sun as possible to flower well, so if it was only recently planted last year, it may have been producing its flowers on stored energy. If possible I would move it to a sunnier spot, and feed it with a high potash fertiliser to give it a bit of a push.


Are these agapanthus evergreen?


Hello, Agapanthus africanus is one of the less hardy types, so it (unlike the hardier forms) tends to retain its foliage throughout the year.

Hi, I have 2 sets of steps in the terraced part of my garden and I'm wondering whether these are suitable to edge them. I have previously had lavender and want to try something different. Thanks


Hello there Yes it sounds a lovely idea, as long as the area is in full sun. These agapanthas are half hardy, so they will need protection from any frosts in the winter. Hope this helps

do i cut the africanus lily back, yhey are not blooming now. sounds like they should be july to september


Hello, These plants do not require any pruning apart from removing foliage that has died back.



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