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Queen Anne Agapanthus

Agapanthus 'Queen Anne'

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Queen Anne Agapanthus (Agapanthus 'Queen Anne') at Sargent's Gardens

Queen Anne Agapanthus flowers

Queen Anne Agapanthus flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Queen Anne Agapanthus (Agapanthus 'Queen Anne') at Sargent's Gardens

Queen Anne Agapanthus in bloom

Queen Anne Agapanthus in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  14 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Lily of the Nile, African Lily

Description:

This variety produces a mound of luxurious strap-like green foliage; luminous violet-blue flowers appear in late spring; remove spent blooms to encourage re-blooming; perfect massed along borders; evergreen only in warmer climates

Ornamental Features

Queen Anne Agapanthus features bold clusters of sky blue trumpet-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to late summer, which emerge from distinctive violet flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Queen Anne Agapanthus is an herbaceous annual with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Queen Anne Agapanthus is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Queen Anne Agapanthus will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Queen Anne Agapanthus is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features