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Agapanthus Galaxy Blue

Agapanthus    a-guh-PAN-thus

Galaxy Blue:  Your options for blue flowers has just expanded with Agapanthus Galaxy Blue. Tall, dark and handsome with a strong gravitational pull! All eyes are drawn to the dark purple-blue 4” clusters of flowers on towering stems. It’s reblooming tendency parades flowers into September. One of the last Lily of the Nile to remain in bloom. Stunning in mass plantings, easy to grow and needs minimal attention. Typically grown in warmer climates, Agapanthus Galaxy Blue was introduced by Walters Gardens who have successfully overwintered this African Lily in their heavy-snow, Michigan winters for six years. The rounded flower heads comprised of a galaxy of star-shaped blossoms rise on tall sturdy stems from rounded mounds of lush arching foliage.

Zone 6

Full Sun

Height: 36-40″/Spread: 28-30″

June – August

Size Available: 1 Gallon

Agapanthus Galaxy Blue

Description

Agapanthus    a-guh-PAN-thus

Agapanthus is a genus of six species of fleshy-rooted perennials with a long history of taxonomic confusion. It was originally included in the lily family (Liliaceae), was then moved to the amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae), moved again into the onion family (Alliaceae), went back to Amaryllidaceae and now resides in its own family, the Agapanthaceae, a sister family to the Amaryllidaceae. Despite the common name of Lily-of-the-Nile, they are not native to the Nile River basin of northeastern Africa; this monotypic family (consisting of only one genus) is actually endemic to southern Africa. In its native areas, Agapanthus is considered to be both a magical and a medicinal plant, used to treat heart disease, paralysis, coughs, colds and other ailments, and the leaves are used as bandages (the plant does contain chemicals with anti-inflammatory and other properties).  However, the plant’s sap can cause minor irritation or dermatitis in susceptible individuals, and will cause severe pain in the mouth if ingested.