Blue Blooms forum: AGAPANTHUS aka 'Lily of the Nile'

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ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 4, 2015 3:23 AM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

A great old favourite & one I've loved from childhood .. and of course, my favourite colour 'Aggie' is Blue! :)
They come in various sized varieties & colours: Tall, Medium & Dwarf heights ..
Agapanthus is the only genus in the subfamily Agapanthoideae of the flowering plant family Amaryllidaceae. The family is in the monocot order Asparagales. The name is derived from scientific Greek: αγάπη (agape) = love, άνθος (anthos) = flower.

Here's a couple of pics.

This is my Dwarf Blue Agapanthus
Thumb of 2015-09-04/FleuDeLis/f2ea98

.. and a bloom from a Medium height plant growing under gumtrees
Thumb of 2015-09-04/FleuDeLis/c8cd8b

.. and a close up of the individual flowers on a flower head ..
Thumb of 2015-09-04/FleuDeLis/9f0c40
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Imagegrannysgarden
Sep 4, 2015 5:29 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Absolutely gorgous, FleuDeLis! I love blue blooms and Agapanthus is an exceptionally lovely one. I have tried growing it but it cannot survive my cold winters. I especially love the dwarf ones. Thank you for posting the photos.
ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 4, 2015 5:46 AM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

grannysgarden wrote:Absolutely gorgous, FleuDeLis! I love blue blooms and Agapanthus is an exceptionally lovely one. I have tried growing it but it cannot survive my cold winters. I especially love the dwarf ones. Thank you for posting the photos.


Thankyou! We have very cold winter's here in our area, usually well below 0'c (freezing) to minus10'c & frosts often in those temps. Mine will get knocked back every year to the base of their leaves (which turn mushy with the frost damage & look just aweful), leaving a stump, but always bounce back every Spring.
I also cover the roots/divisions well when initially planting & re-introduce new mulch around them very year, which seems to help preserve them for years. They also grow under trees, which I suppose helps.
The original clump that I took divisions from, at a friend's garden, were in a clump over 40yrs old! :)
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Imagegrannysgarden
Sep 4, 2015 7:15 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Oh my. Perhaps I should give them another try. There are so few really lovely blue blooms in the garden and this one is outstanding!
ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 4, 2015 5:41 PM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

grannysgarden wrote:Oh my. Perhaps I should give them another try. There are so few really lovely blue blooms in the garden and this one is outstanding!


:) Yes, please do try again! One thing .. do not over-water in approach to Winter or when you are likely to get frosts/snow (if you do). Excess water in the soil will freeze & damage the roots & tuberous 'storage' they have below soil .. mine survive very well only on rain water, once established. Over-watering may also cause rotting in other seasons. Mine do well even planted under eucalypts, which 'they' reckon 'nothing grows under gumtrees' .. wrong! ;)
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ImageSharon
Sep 7, 2015 1:22 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
So very pretty. One of my favorites and that close up photo is magic!
Imagevic
Sep 7, 2015 2:30 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Beautiful! Thumbs up
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ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 8, 2015 12:46 AM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

Sharon wrote:So very pretty. One of my favorites and that close up photo is magic!


TY, Sharon! One of my luckier shots! :)
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ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 8, 2015 12:59 AM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

vic wrote:Beautiful! Thumbs up


TY, Vic .. caught this one a few yrs ago .. love them when they look like candleabras, too!Thumb of 2015-09-08/FleuDeLis/42fa0a
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