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Agapanthus africanus- August 2017

Agapanthus africanus K Keeton
Agapanthus africanus originates from the Cape Province of South Africa, and was introduced in 1679.

Best grown under glass this planting has survived well in the South African bed in the Mediterranean Garden (area L on downloadable map), in Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Deep blue, large flowers are seen at the end of July/August, and are followed by magnificent seed heads in the autumn. The lush foliage is evergreen, which makes it an attractive plant for winter interest.

Much work has been done in recent years with hybridisation of species of agapanthus, and there are many varieties to choose from in an extensive range of hardy plants in shades of blue and white.
Agapanthus africanus K Keeton
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