Sunday, 6 August 2017

Plant of the month August 2017

Agapanthus campanulatus (African lily)
Family: Alliacea
Origin: Temperate South Africa
Accession: 1986
Location: Outside glasshouse

A. campanulatus is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial, forming vigorous clumps to 1m tall, with narrow, strap-like leaves and erect stems bearing umbels of trumpet-shaped, lavender-blue flowers in summer. It is native to mountain grassland areas of South Africa and dies down in winter to re-emerge the following spring. It grows best in moist, well-drained soil in full sun; in exposed sites it needs some winter protection.

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