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Agapanthus Charlotte

African lily, Lily of the Nile

Compact and forming large numbers of flowers

A dainty, compact agapanthus, ideal for the small garden or patio. It flowers prolifically from mid to late summer, earlier in mild areas. The light blue starry flowers have darker bars on each petal and are carried in delicate, rounded flower heads on strong stems up to 60cm (2ft) tall. These are followed by attractive seed heads which, like the flowers, are good for cutting. The leaves are evergreen in sheltered gardens.


Ideal for a sunny border or a pot in full sun where it can be left undisturbed. A good plant for the front of a border, flowering after early perennials. Lovely alongside paving or planted in gravel.


Any well drained soil. In a pot use a loam based compost and avoid frequent repotting. Cut back flower stems in winter and remove any dead or damaged leaves. 

Agapathus are natives of South Africa but have become naturalised in many parts of the world

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available June - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering July - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 40 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, City garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Mediterranean garden

Typically available

From June to September