Blue African Lily, Blue Nile Lily, Agapnathus
This is a wonderful bulb, where I have seen it growing en masse naturalized in the dunes on Tresco Island off the coast of Cornwall, England. It is now harvested on Tresco as a cut-flower and shipped to markets in London on the same day. Although it is not supposed to be hardy in our zone 5 (USDA) garden we have had it flower (white form) for the past four years near a corner of the house under heavy mulch. For those not so fortunate an attempt at growing it in large pots is worth the effort.
|Bulbs, Perennials, Tropicals
|Canadian Hardiness Zone
|Requires cool season protection under glass.
|RHS Hardiness Zone
|.9 -1.2 m
|1 - 2 m
|Moisture retentive soils that are well drained and in harsher climates mulched heavily with the mulch scraped back in early spring.
|Occasional virus infections, remove and replace plants, planting in a fresh location.
|Long, narrow, arching leaves 10–35 cm long and 1–2 cm broad.
|An umbel of 20-30 blue, funnel-shaped flowers, each flower 2.5–5 cm diameter.
|Tresco Abbey Gardens, Scilly Isles, Cornwall, England. Logan Botanic Garden, Drummore, Scotland. Lanhydrock Gardens, Cornwall, England. Trebah Garden Trust, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Trengwaighton Garden, Madron, Cornwall, United Kingdom.