Botanical name: Agapanthus
Common names: Blue Nile lily
Origin: South Africa
Flowering color: White and various shades of blue
Flowering period: July-August
Average plant height: up to 40 inches
Planting depth to base of the bulb: just deep enough to cover the rhizome.
Spacing between bulbs: 8 inches
Type of bulb: rootstock
Light requirements: full sun is essential (morning sun)
Landscape uses: borders and containers
Agapanthus is sometimes used as a border plant but is mainly a pot plant. During the winter, the pot or container should be taken indoors and grown as a greenhouse plant.
Agapanthus are divided into two groups
1 Evergreen group (Intermedius type such as 'Donau') which can be overwintered as a container plant indoors
2 Deciduous group (for example, 'Blue Triumphator') which lose their leaves before the winter when they can be stored in a cool place.
- 'Blue Triumphator' - blue
- 'Donau' - light blue
- 'Albus' - white
- 'Kobalt' (a small-flowering variety – 12 – 20 inches tall) - blue
- 'Intermedius' - dark blue