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Agapanthus 'Bressingham Blue'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

old H3 (may need winter protection)

Colour

Flower

Blue in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

African lily 'Bressingham Blue'

Family

Agapanthaceae


Agapanthus are clump-forming perennials with narrowly strap-shaped leaves, evergreen in some species, and erect stems bearing umbels of funnel-shaped blue or white flowers

'Bressingham Blue' is an herbaceous perennial with umbels of funnel-shaped blue flowers in mid and late summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or grow in a container. In cold areas, mulch well overwinter

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by division every 3 to 4 years in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Patio/Container Plants, Architectural, Gravel Garden or Coastal


How to care

Pruning

No need to cut down in the autumn, as the seedheads look attractive over winter

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free, but a virus disease may be a problem