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AGAPANTHUS 'Rancho Dwarf'

Image of Agapanthus 'Rancho Dwarf'

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Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

AGAPANTHUS 'Rancho Dwarf'

Plant Common Name

African Lily, Dwarf Lily-of-the-Nile, Lily-of-the-Nile

General Description

The compact lily-of-the-Nile, 'Rancho Dwarf', (sometimes called 'Rancho White' or 'Peter Pan Albus') produces dense umbels of white, bell-shaped flowers on compact stalks. Its long sword-shaped leaves are nearly evergreen in zones 9 and 10 but die back in zone 8. This tends to be a summer bloomer, but bloom time can be variable depending on the local climate and water availability.

Agapanthus are beautiful, fleshy-rooted herbaceous perennials native to southern Africa. In that country they must stand up to a long dry season, which makes them drought resistant and perfect for culture in the American Southwest.

The long strap-like leaves of this tender perennial are medium green and produced in substantial clumps. Though technically evergreen, the foliage may die back until spring if plants are subjected to hard, but not killing, frost. Attractive rounded clusters of small, lily-like flowers are produced throughout the growing season, most vigorously in spring and summer. Each small six-petaled bloom is trumpet-shaped. Bees pollinate the flowers and small seed capsules that turn from green to brown follow. Cut spent stems back to keep plants looking tidy and encourage further bloom.

Provide lily-of-the-Nile full to partial sun and soil that is fertile, well-drained and has a neutral pH. Water regularly during the summer months for best flowering, but keep plants drier through the winter months. Established plants will withstand substantial periods of drought. Specimens grown in containers or small garden spaces should be divided regularly as clumps tend to spread vigorously.

This Lily-of-the-Nile variety is preferred for edging and container culture. It is also perfect for carefree compositions around fountains, water gardens and pools. Even better, pest and disease problems are few and deer do not feed on it.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    15"-20" / 38.1cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    12"-15" / 30.5cm - 38.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No