This stately perennial forms an attractive clump of shiny, dark-green, strap-like leaves; sturdy stems support clusters of enchanting blue-purple, trumpet-shaped flowers; excellent cut flower in fresh and dried arrangements; relatively deer resistant; somewhat drought tolerant once established.
excellent cut flower in fresh and dried arrangements
Excellent in gardens, containers and as houseplants
Agapanthus praecox 'Headbourne Blue'
(Headbourne Blue Nile Lily)
24" (61 cm)
18" (45 cm)
32" (81 cm)
Moderate. Water regularly; do not overwater
Prefers a well-drained soil type
Plant Care Tips
Agapanthus, or the charmingly-named Nile Lily, is native to Africa. Its preference, then, is for warm, sunny, relatively sheltered conditions. That doesn't mean that you're getting a wimp of a plant, except, perhaps, where temperatures go below 10 degrees. Even then, mulching the plant over the winter months (removing the mulch when warmer weather arrives) is easily done. You can also overwinter the plants in containers, putting them in a relatively cool spot and watering them only one a month or so. Move the containers outside once all danger of frost has passed. The Nile Lily doesn't like enthusiastic watering. Loose, well-drained soil reduces the risk of soggy conditions. As the plant will go dormant in the winter, remove dead foliage so that it can get a good start in spring. Spring or early summer is also a good time to divide your Agapanthus (every 3 or 4 years is enough). Cut rhizomes into sections so that each has a few roots (plants may take a year to reestablish). (Plants grown from seed flower in approximately 3 years.) Bear in mind that a potted Nile Lily must be root-bound to bloom. The sap may be caustic, so wash your hands in warm, soapy water after handling the plant.