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Agapanthus 'African Skies'

Agapanthus 'African Skies'

Also known as

African Lily 'African Skies', Lily of the Nile 'African Skies'

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.2m

Max

50cm

20cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Agapanthus 'African Skies' Overview

Agapanthus 'African Skies' is an evergreen clump forming plant that produces charming blue star-shaped flowers that form a rounded head standing 1.2m tall above lush green strappy leaves. Each individual flower petal has a darker-blue mid-rib contrasting strikingly. African Lily 'African Skies' gives a lovely summer display, looking especially stunning as part of a Mediterranean or mixed planting scheme. In areas where temperatures drop below -5C, it will happily grow in large containers that can be moved undercover during the winter months. Like Goldilocks, Agapanthus like their growing space to be just so! Contrary 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. This cultivar has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Agapanthus 'African Skies'

How to harvest Agapanthus 'African Skies'

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 'African Skies'

Seed

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.

Division

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

Special features of Agapanthus 'African Skies'

Attractive flowers

Attractive clusters of trumpet-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 well in large pots.