Tinkerbell Agapanthus foliage
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Plant Height: 12 inches
Flower Height: 18 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 8b
Other Names: Lily of the Nile, African Lily
This dwarf variety produces a showy mound of narrow sea-green foliage variegated with creamy white margins; clusters of blue flowers appear in mid-summer on short stems and last a long time; a perfect accent plant for indoor containers in bright areas
Tinkerbell Agapanthus features bold clusters of blue trumpet-shaped flowers with royal blue stripes rising above the foliage from early to mid summer, which emerge from distinctive violet flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive narrow leaves remain bluish-green in color with distinctive creamy white edges throughout the year.
Tinkerbell Agapanthus is an herbaceous evergreen 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.
Tinkerbell Agapanthus is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Tinkerbell Agapanthus will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.
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.
Tinkerbell Agapanthus is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.