Advanced Search Filters

Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
Sunset Zone
Function
Sun Exposure
Soil Moisture
Water Requirement

AGAPANTHUS comptonii

Image of Agapanthus comptonii

Michael Charters, www.calflora.net

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

AGAPANTHUS comptonii

Plant Common Name

African Lily, Compton's Lily-of-the-Nile

General Description

Rarely available in commerce, Agapanthus comptonii is a compact species of evergreen African lily with shorter flower stems. Its rounded flower clusters consist of relatively large, open-faced liliaceous blooms ranging from pale to medium blue. The clusters have fewer blooms than other more common evergreen African lilies. Like most African lilies, the tepals have darker blue lines down their centers. Blooms appear in summer. It is native to the montane grasslands of southern Africa.

African lilies are clump-forming plants that spread by rhizomes. Their terminal clusters of broadly funnel-shaped flowers are lightly scented and most profuse in summer. Bees and birds pollinate the flowers. Small seed capsules, which turn from green to brown, follow pollination. Plants can self-sow. Cut spent stems back to keep plants looking tidy, encourage further flowering and deter seedlings.

Agapanthus grow best in full sun and average, well-drained soil. Slightly acid, rocky or sandy soils are best. Established plants withstand substantial periods of drought. Where marginally hardy, grow them in sheltered locations and protect with mulch in autumn. Overwinter indoor specimens in a cool bright spot and water sparingly from fall to midwinter. Plant African lilies as border specimens, container plants or in masses as groundcover. They are quite carefree; pest and disease problems are few and deer do not feed on them. The showy umbels make dramatic cut flowers. Despite the African origins of Agapanthus, their flowers are attractive to hummingbirds in North America.

Characteristics

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Native To

    Southern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue, Light Blue, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor, Striped

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Container, Cutflower, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes