Agapanthus africanus Blue Umbrella
Agapanthus is native to South Africa and is an evergreen species that produces clusters of blue, funnel-shaped flowers on top of 36-48 inch tall leafless stems that rise above a dense mound of narrow, strap-shaped grass-like leaves in summer. The mounds of foliage are attractive even when plants are not in bloom. Although this evergreen agapanthus may be planted in the ground in the warm winter climates of USDA Zones 8-10, it is best grown in tubs or containers in zones 5b-6a where it is not winter hardy. Plants bloom best when roots are pot-bound. Site containers in locations with afternoon shade. In fall prior to the first frost, remove containers to a bright, frost-free location for overwintering. Provide very limited water in winter and return containers outdoors in spring. Ideal soil
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Sow seeds on surface of moist potting mix and cover lightly. Keep at 68-72F. and bright light. Cover with clear plastic wrap to retain moisture. Remove as seeds begin to germinate in 3-4 weeks. Seedlings may appear anytime within 60 days.