Agapanthus africanus

Water Needs

low

Agapanthus africanus
Groundcover; bulb
Dwarf Agapanthus

35 x 35 cm

Size

Light Conditions

sun

Frost

light; moderate; hardy

Flowers

blue; white; November - March; spring, summer; autumn

sun; windy and exposed; retaining walls; green walls; roof gardens; slope bank; paving; container; sandy soils; dry soils; narrow spaces; wildlife bees sunbirds

Garden Situation

Habitat

grassland; urban streets; fynbos

Region

Western Cape

Rain Season

winter; summer

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Description

This perennial is the smaller cousin to the world-famous Agapanthus praecox (they feature in countless American and Australian TV shows,) and is an outstanding water-wise perennial with roots that are especially good at holding the soil on slopes. The Dwarf Agapanthus thrives in full sun and partial shade, but just make sure the soil drains freely – and, for those with acid soils, this perennial is a good choice. Do not overwater, particularly in the summer rainfall region. There are numerous hybrids available, but you cannot go wrong with a mix of the original blue and white species. Flowering season is from December to February. This plant battles with a certain caterpillar and with rot in the humid, wet summers of the east of the country. 35 x 35 cm. A. africanus, according to SANBI, was the first of the genus to be collected in South Africa; first described in 1679, taxonomists initially placed this species within the Hyacinth family.

Agapanthus africanus
Agapanthus africanus