Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis 'Royal Velvet'

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Buy Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis 'Royal Velvet' African lily: Luscious, deep purple bells.

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. 3 compost for containers)
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need protection in winter)

    One of the hardier, deciduous types, this stately agapanthus produces really luscious, royal purple bells, with a near-black stripe along the length of each petal. They open from inky buds that form in loose, open clusters at the top of the sturdy upright stems. A sublime addition to the patio, it also looks great when planted en-masse along the length of a pathway.

  • Garden care: Keep well-watered during the growing season, applying a balanced liquid fertiliser each month from spring until the plant flowers. Towards the end of September ease back on the watering and feeding of plants in containers to allow the foliage to toughen up. In cold, exposed areas protect the crown of the plant with a deep, dry winter mulch.

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How do you deal with pot-bound agapanthus


These plants do have thick fleshy roots so will quickly look as though they are pot bound. Some people believe that they will produce more flowers if the roots are restricted, but if you are concerned about the plant, then the best thing to do is to pot it up into something larger.


Hello. I ordered 3 Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis 'Royal Velvet' in January and planted them in a pot and followed growing instructions as directed. Sadly only one is growing - it is pretty weedy but I'm encouraging it and hoping it gets going. I'm wondering how much to feed it as it is so small, and whether the other two might recover. I have several pots of agapanthus that are fine and growing well in pots in the same part of the garden. is this variety a slow starter please?


Hello, These plants are not quite fully hardy, so you may have lost them to the harsh weather we had earlier this year. To encourage the remaining one, I would recommend using a general purpose fertiliser, but it is important that you follow the manufacturers instructions (they will all vary) as you can do more harm than good by over-feeding.


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