According to history the Agapanthus plant is a native to South Africa. This plant is commonly referred to as the Lily-of-the-Nile or the African lily plant, the Agapanthus is an herbaceous perennial from the Amaryllidaceae family that is hardy in USDA Zones 7-11. Agapanthus plant displays a large mass of striking blue or white flowers on the top of the tall and the slender stalk. This plant can reach up to 4 feet at maturity and bloom from June through August.

Steps on how to plant Agapanthus

Planting Agapanthus is best done during the fall or winter in warm climates. This particular plant makes a lovely back border or focal plant due to is height, beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers and leaf texture. To get dramatic effect, you can plant a large grouping throughout the sunny garden spot. Also, agapanthus flowers can also be used in container plantings in cooler regions. To actually grow Agapanthus plant requires a sunny to partly shady location and regular water. Also mulching is helpful to retain moisture with new plants set about one to two inches apart. Agapanthus plant is very tolerant to a wide variety of soil conditions, but also they do enjoy some rich compost or organic matter when added during planting.

How to care for the plant

Although caring for an Agapanthus plant is very easy in warmer regions. After planting it requires very little upkeep. If you actually want to maintain the health and performance you can divide the plant once every 3 years. Make sure you get as much of the root as possible when dividing and only divide after the plant has bloomed. A potted agapanthus really does best when it is mildly root-bound. For those in cooler climates your potted Agapanthus plants must be brought indoors for the winter. Make sure you water the plant only once a month or so and place them back outdoors after the threat of frost has passed. Agapanthus plants is an easy to grow perennial and is a favorite of both southern and northern gardeners who appreciate how easy it is to care for it and who admire the remarkable flower display. Don’t forget that an extreme caution should be taken when handling the plant, because it is poisonous if ingested and it is a skin irritant. Anybody with sensitive skin should wear gloves when handling the Agapanthus plant.

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