Purple Delight Agapanthus
Agapanthus 'Purple Delight'
Purple Delight Agapanthus flowers
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Plant Height: 16 inches
Flower Height: 3 feet
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 5b
Other Names: Lily of the Nile, African Lily
This variety produces a mound of luxurious narrow green foliage; violet flowers with darker purple stripes appear in mid-summer on towering stems; a perfect accent plant in the garden or massed along borders; grows taller in mild climates
Purple Delight Agapanthus features bold clusters of violet trumpet-shaped flowers with purple stripes rising above the foliage from early to mid summer, which emerge from distinctive deep purple flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Purple Delight Agapanthus is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Purple Delight Agapanthus is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Purple Delight Agapanthus will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Purple Delight Agapanthus is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.