Date: 2019-07-16

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According to Wim Snoeijer in Agapanthus A revision of the genus Agapanthus rootstock contains saponin. Chewed leaves cause severe pain in the mouth. South African native uses - Xhosa women wear necklaces of the roots as it promotes an abundance of children and easier childbirth. A young mother constantly wears the necklace so that the child and her find good health and happiness. Sometimes a paste is made from the roots of A. Comptonii for the treatment of swollen legs. Zulu make an infusion from the roots to sprinkle their yard and huts as a protection against thunderstorms. Sometimes a lotion is made from the flowers and applied to newly born babies, in the belief that it will make them strong. The Bantash used Agapanthus for both medicinal and magical purposes. Roots are crushed and given to babies as a general tonic. It is used to heal body rashes. Used to alleviated menstuel pains in women. Crude extracts of the plant have a proven effect on the contraction of the uterus wall. If you need more information about the medicinal effect then van Wyk, van Oudtshoorn, and Gericke (2000) have published information on the medicinal uses of Agapanthus. I hope this information is of some use.

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I am a college student and have been working on a film idea for a couple of years about a substance called "Blue Life". I recently found a picute entitled "Young Blue Life" and it was a beautiful picture of the Agapanthus flower. that imeditly fasinated me and I would like to find out information on the background of this flower, was it used as as medication? does it have mistical powers? any folk tales. this of that sort. for some reason this flower has caught my interest and the fact that there is a comunity of people taht love this flower interests me. So if anybody could give me any information it would be greatly appriciated. and mabey this flower will spark an insperation that can be made into a film.
thank You

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I'm always searching for new agapanthus sites with info so decided to create my own with the varieties I have which is nearing the century mark. I hope you enjoy viewing the varities I have if you visit my homepage.

Mary Elliott
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I have had trouble with agapanthus not blooming for years. I am in North Carolina in the US. I have called all over the country and have learned they bloom freely where the soil is alkaline. I have also learned they will bloom in soil with a pH of 6.2 - 6.5. I think the higher the pH, the better the chances are they will bloom. I believe when the pH is too low, they will survive but not bloom.

Try checking the pH and raising it if it is low and see if that helps produce bloom.

Happy Gardening!

c sutherland
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i was given an agapanthus by a friend, and bought another, and neither have flowered. can anyone advise me what to do to get them to flower?
many thanks.

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Creative ways to use agapanthus...from my local newspaper here in N California.

In case the links doesn't work:

There are as many people who find agapanthus enchanting and extraordinary as there are folks who dismiss it as coarse and vulgar.
"The problem with any plant used extensively in landscapes," said Gregg Lowery of Vintage Gardens in Sebastopol, "is they're often used in very pedestrian ways, as dividing lines, as clumps, for example. But in the hands of a skilled designer, if you'd never seen an agapanthus before, you'd be struck by the juxtaposition and by the color and beauty of the flower."

I love to combine plants with spiky, strappy leaves, so my suggestion is to almost encircle phormium "Dusky Chief," a New Zealand flax with smoky reddish/purple foliage, with agapanthus "Midnight Blue" or "Elaine," then plant an assortment of cannas in the back.

Agapanthus also blends well with silver foliage plants such as artemesia "Powis Castle."

Here are other ways the experts suggest for using agapanthus:

Gregg Lowery, owner, Vintage Gardens, Sebastopol:

"I love to combine blue and orange, so I'd suggest planting one Agapanthus inapertus with its tall straight stem and dark flowers, one Agapanthus "Old Double" (double blue flowers) and one of the Bressingham hybrids all surrounded by orange-flowered Kniphofia triangularis (red hot pokers). (If these varieties aren't available, mix and match what you can find.)"

Jeannie Ross, horticultural specialist, Bushnell's Garden Nursery, Granite Bay:

"I love to mix the colors and sizes of agapanthus - it gives a planting some excitement. Plant some next to the pool for a tropical look."

Daisy Mah, gardener, WPA Rock Garden, William Land Park:

"Combine the commonly planted blue and white agapanthus with the dark blue "Stormcloud" and orange tropicana cannas."

Warren Roberts, superintendent, UC Davis Arboretum:

"Since they bloom around the Fourth of July and the flower clusters look like fireworks, I think a patriotic planting would be blue and white agapanthus and firecracker plant, Russelia equisetiformia, also called coral showers."


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Maleny and Agapanthus have just joined the net for mail order plants in Australia. They're at They have a good range of plants with clear pictures.
I've just received their new July 2005 release of Black Magic. I can't wait for it to flower.

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What a lovely site this is and wasn't aware that the agapanthus is so enamored. My backyard & front are over flowing with this Lily of Nile, both lavender blue & pure white. I must take some pics and add to my site and feel welcome to view them...perhaps dedicate a page to them. Perhaps this weekend...

My cat Kali Ma enjoys being seated patiently beneath their towering tulip like necks and as an unsuspecting butterfly flits by to suckle some nectar, she pounces. And the snails enjoy agapanthus as their home of choice.

There is another variety that is about to bloom in my garden that flowers a deep lapis/navy color but smaller in stature. It was tortured (totally root bound & exposed) in a plastic bucket by a previous owner and upon freeing/rescuing it, hoping that planting it in the ground finally as well in hopes it was planted in an area it wouldn't receive too mcuh of the California summer sun & heat for its fragile state. It did bloom but didn't last long. However, this is its second year and it appears it is eager to bloom. The previous owner indicated it is a rare flower & I look forward to taking some pics to share...wonder if its official name is Black Pantha, Regal Beauty or Guilfoyle as noted on this thread by Hocko. Hmmm...

In this area, these flowers of Love flourish like weeds...and I am enthralled that this delicate & elegant flower is loved so worldwide. Gee, they spread incredibly (mine are quite bushy) & enormously tall (at least my variety, I have seen them much shorter...mine are quite established so that might be the reason for the height). Another thing, they are green all year inspite of the dreary rainy, winter months in this area needing only to pull the dried stems for the next season (do early spring).

Come to think of it, I wish I sent home with my cousin visiting from Denmark a few bulbs for her garden! Darn!!


Greg Hockham
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In response to when to divide aggies, I find that the fall (Autumn in Australia) is a good time to divide them. I have also divided them in winter, spring and also summer and all have survived. I have found no need to prune the roots at all. (These have been evergreen varieties which survive outside in South Australia all year round.)

Maureen Barnard
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It is a pleasure to find this beautiful and informative site!

I have a question or two regarding root pruning and division of Agapanthus. Our garden is on the coast of Maine. The fifty (usually more like seventy) Agapanthus we have spend the summer in the ground. In the fall, they are dug up, divided, and have their roots pruned. Each plant is individually potted. The plants receive light and water throughout the winter.

My questions: Is fall an appropriate time to divide these plants? Is there any need to prune their roots in the spring before they go in the ground?

Thanks to all in advance for any suggestions.

Geoff Grayton

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In response to the question of when to plant agapanthus outside in the uk. The one which I have has been outside for sixteen years proving that some varieties are hardy in the UK. The ssedling which I have been growing are happy to bee outside in a clear plastic tent like structure. So i believe the key is shelter from the wind and extreme cold

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I was interested to read your messages. I live in Christies Beach, South Australia and our Council use these plants at round abouts, in parks and around the beach fronts, because you could not kill them with a brick. I wanted to grow some in my back yard, and did not want to buy the plants, I entered your web site to see how to grow them from seed, and was grateful to read one of the writers had done so and produced so many plants....this is what I call gardening, starting at the very start, not going to a garden shop


Bernard Tassi
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I have just brought back from Madeira some Agapanthas, the date is 24th Nov, I am concerned of when to plant them outside in the UK, how how frost tolerant they are.

Any assistance would be appreciated


Geoff Grayton
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I was given a mature agapanthus by a friend who was moving house but did not have a garden in which to plant the agapanthus. I enjoyed the five flower heads, each with approximatley 40 flowers on it, each a beautiful palr blue. But this was only the beginning of my delight. As the flowers turned to seed head and yielded 30 seeds per seed head. I duly potted these up thinking it was worth a try. Imagine me delight and astonisment to have over fifty seedlings withing six weeks of sowing!. Some seeds were sown and germinated with bottom heat but other germinated with no heat other than that of my bedroom. I have passed on the first 30 seedlings to friends and work colleagues who can all thank my generus friend.


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Another book has come onto the market which is also dedicated to Agapanthus. Agapanthus for Gardeners by Hanneke van Dijk ISBN 0-88192-656-6
This is a useful companion to Wim Snoeijer's more scholarly and exhaustive Agapanthus: A Revision of the Genus. I'm looking forward to getting my copy as soon as possible.

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There is a new book out called "Agapanthus A revision of the Genus" by Wim Snoeijer ISBN 0-88192-631-0.
Well worth getting your hands on as it is totally dedicated to agapanthus with some 625 mentioned.

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I have just planted agapanthas this year. They have bloomed but leaves are getting very yellow.
Wondering if I am giving them too much water or not enough? Help!

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I recently bought my first agapantha. When I bought it, it was not in bloom; but it was so incredibly tall that I thought it would be so beautiful when it finally bloomed. It's been about 2 weeks and it hasn't bloomed yet. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

Nel van der Meulen
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I have just been in South Africa for 2 months and I really fell in love with the Agapanthus. In my sister's garden they are growing beautufully. You can see them all around Johannesburg in the parks and along the roads.
As I am living in the Netherlands myself and as I am not in the position of having a garden I wonder if these plants can also be kept as big potplants outside of course.
I hope someone can give me answer.
Kind regards,
An Agapanthus-fan.


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I am very exited to find a site dedicated to agapanthus, I am horticulturist in South Africa and I believe that breeding in agapanthus is still in the very early stages. Im sure we are still going to see some beautiful Cultivars in time to come.

I have also bred a few over the years and Im in the process of evaluating them and developing taking them further.


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We are developing the the Protea & Agapanthus Market for years. And we have successed to cultivate the agapanthus in the China's condition, it is excited that the growing speed of it is faster than in South Africa.
We have setup the produce & sales channel around the Shang Hai City with the support by local Gardening Research Center.
We are looking forward expending the business to all over the China and then the world. Any cooperation are welcomed. We are appreciated to share the market of China and roll the profit.
Any further enquiry, please email to us:

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In Australia 'Black Pantha' was released as a black agapanthus but it is a very dark purple. Other very dark agapanthus are 'Regal Beauty' and 'Guilfoyle'.

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About a black Agapanthus.

We've never heard about a black A. and we've never heard about any 'Magic Mood'.

As there is no official international registrar for Agapanthus, there is the chance, that some Australian or Newzealand grower came up with this name.

'Black' is sometimes also used for 'very dark blue', which would be more realistic.

Wait till it blossems and let us now ...


Bella Montelongo
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Does anyone know of a black agapanthus? Someone is sending me a so called rare black agapanthus 'magic mood' that they bought at a rare plant sale...... Is the joke on me.

Ignace van Doorlaer / R. Zincke
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You want to buy an Agapanthus! There is a new Agapanthus - Shop online. It's run by the Belgian Agapanthus nursery, Igance van Doorslaer, in cooperation with the German Agapanthusfriends. Visit us!
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Dear Agapanthus-friends in Texas,

have You seen Your Agapanthus blooming before or is it for the first time? There are many of Agapanthus speziees, as You can see within our informational pages. They not only differ in color, behavior in winter, but also in the shape of the tubes. So, as You descibe Yours - a healthy plant -, we just would say, You've got an Agapanthus with pendulous tubes - check our first page of pictures, the first image shows one.

Scott Kerr
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We live in Houstn, Texas USA. We put in new landscaping two months ago. Our agapanthas (dark bluish purple) have started to bloom two weeks ago, but they are not opening into a ball instead they are hanging towards the ground. Alot of our neighbors have the light bluish agapanthus which have opened property into a lovely large ball. I know we water on a regular basic and the plants look very healthy and so do the blooms, but the blooms are not opening like they should. Any suggestions?

Jonatha Fulcher
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Pine Cottage Plants is a small nursery overlooking the Taw valley in rural mid Devon, which should appeal to keen gardeners who seek out the unusual and rarer plants.

We currently grow a small range of trees and shrubs, some hardy and tender perennials, such as Hedychium,Tulbaghias, Plectranthus and some Salvias, but with special emphasis on the National collection of Agapanthus, of which we currently stock over 200 different cultivars. A good range of these is available now, with the supply increasing year on year.