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varieties at S & J Tree Farm and Nursery

 

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There are several species of Agapanthus available on the market today and because Lily of the Nile plants hybridize so readily, there are many, many varieties available within those species. There are dwarf selections and larger selections with flowers that range from white to blue and even to a deep dark purple. Some species are dominantly evergreen while others are deciduous or semi evergreen and may loose their leaves each winter as they lie dormant waiting only to regrow from the ground bigger and better than the previous year.

Although most varieties of Agapanthus will prosper when planted in full sun or full shade and in a wide range of soil components from well drained sand to heavy moist clay, knowing what type of Agapanthus you have purchased will help to know what to expect from your planting and how to care for them properly.

Here's a quick rundown on some of the more common species of Agapanthus for comparison.

 

Agapanthus Africanus

Lily of the Nile / African Lily

By far the most common species of Agapanthus for our North Florida gardens is the Agapanthus Africanus. An evergreen clump forming perennial plant that puts out 20-30+ flowering clusters each summer on every plant! The bright blue blooms are made up of a clump of small trumpet like flowers all clustered together to form almost a ball shape. They bloom readily each summer and are a very low maintenance landcape solution for the North Florida gardener.

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Agapanthsu Peter pan

 

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Agapanthus Storm Cloud 

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Agapanthus Campanula's

Bluebell Agapanthus / African Bluebell

Deciduous foliage of the Agapthus Campanula's will lie dormant each winter and regrow rapidly each spring to a height of around 3 feet. Flower clusters tend to droop downward and are found in a range of colors from white to dark blue.

 

Agapanthus Campanula's

Bluebell Agapanthus / African Bluebell

Deciduous foliage of the Agapthus Campanula's will lie dormant each winter and regrow rapidly each spring to a height of around 3 feet. Flower clusters tend to droop downward and are found in a range of colors from white to dark blue.

S & J Nursery is not currently growing any agapanthus Campanula's selections.

 

 

Agapanthus Inapertus

Drooping Agapanthus

Despite its rather drab common name Agapanthus inapertus is the origins of some of the darkest of purple agapanthus blossoms. Grown for their multitude of flowering stems and stunning deep blue coloring. Agapanthus Inapertus tends to be very similar in height and flowering habit to agapanthus orientalis, but inapertus has drooping blossoms that hang towards the ground rather than standing erect to face towars you or the sky on their graceful stems. Agapanthus inapertus also has deciduous foliage that goes dormant each winter and regrows rapidly the following spring and is flowering by summer.

 

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Agapanthus Praecox Orientalis

 

Although it doesnt hold true in our North Florida gardens, Agapanthus praecox orientalis is thought to be the most commonly planted of the agapanthus species, often mistakelnly sold as agapanthus africanus or agapanthus umbellatus, the plants are very similar in appearance to agapanthus africanus but agapanthus praecox oreintalis is a bit larger with stems reaching 4-5 ft in height and mature clumps are said to be able to produce 100 flowering stalks on each plant during the summer months. Grown and bred for thier profuse flowering habit, and evergreen foliage.

 

Agapanthus Elaine

Agapanthus Elaine is thought by the breeder to be a cross of Agapanthus Africanus and Agapanthus praecox. It has deep dark purple blue flowers that catch your eya and hold your attention! Click the photo below for more information on the beautiful Agapanthsu Elaine.

Agapanthsu Elaine

Agapanthus Ellamae

Agapanthus Ella mae is thought by the breeder to be a cross of  Agapanthus Africanus and Agapanthus praecox. It has tall stems and very dark purple blue blooms. One of my favorite Agapanthus in my own garden for many, many years now.

Agapanthus Ellamae 

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Although it doesnt hold true in our North Florida gardens, Agapanthus praecox orientalis is thought to be the most commonly planted of the agapanthus species, often mistakelnly sold as agapanthus africanus or agapanthus umbellatus, the plants are very similar in appearance to agapanthus africanus but agapanthus praecox oreintalis is a bit larger with stems reaching 4-5 ft in height and mature clumps are said to be able to produce 100 flowering stalks on each plant during the summer months. Grown and bred for thier profuse flowering habit, and evergreen foliage.

Agapanthus Orientalis Storm Cloud

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