A picture of a Agapanthus 'Royal Velvet'

Agapanthus 'Royal Velvet'

Agapanthus 'Royal Velvet'

Also known as

African Blue Lily 'Royal Velvet', Lily of the Nile 'Royal Velvet'

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Agapanthus 'Royal Velvet' Overview

Agapanthus 'Royal Velvet' is a deciduous, clump forming perennial that re-grows every year producing striking deep purple funnel shaped flowers in a rounded head, standing 80cm tall above narrow, strap shaped leaves. African Lily 'Royal Velvet' gives a lovely summer display, looking especially stunning as part of a Mediterranean or mixed planting scheme. In areas where temperatures drop below minus 5C, it will happily grow in large containers that can be moved undercover during the winter months. Like the fairy tale character Goldilocks, Agapanthus like their growing space to be just so. Contra to popular wisdom, Agapanthus do not like to be overcrowded in their pots; however they also take a while to establish if planted up into too large spaces. As a rule of thumb, pot on every two years using a gritty multipurpose mix.

Common problems with Agapanthus 'Royal Velvet'

How to harvest Agapanthus 'Royal Velvet'

Seeds to be harvested in autumn when the seed pods have dried out. Flower stalks may be cut for flower arrangements during summer months.

How to propagate Agapanthus 'Royal Velvet'


Lift and divide clusters every four years in winter when the plant is dormant.


Seeds must be sown fresh in the autumn, or if you are in an area where you receive below freezing temperatures keep the seeds cool in the fridge and sow in the spring.

Special features of Agapanthus 'Royal Velvet'

Attractive flowers

Attractive clusters of nodding funnel shaped flowers.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts insects like bees and butterflies.

Drought resistant

This plant can withstand drought periods, as it fleshy rhizomes stores water reserves.

Pot plant

Grows very well in large pots.