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  • African lily
  • Eventual height: 0.9m
  • Eventual spread: 0.45m

Agapanthus 'Polar Ice'

African lily

40% OFF other bulbs
bare root £5.99 £3.59
bare root £5.99 £3.59

This perennial is semi-evergreen so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil (or John Innes no. 3 compost for containers)
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need protection in winter)

    Large, rounded heads of pure white trumpet-shaped flowers from June to August above clumps of slender, strap-shaped, mid-green leaves. This pure-white form of African blue lily is ideal for brightening the back of a sunny, moist but well-drained herbaceous border. For the best results lift and divide dense clumps in spring and protect the crown of the plant with a dry winter mulch in cold, exposed areas.

  • Garden care: Keep well-watered during the growing season, applying a balanced liquid fertiliser each month from spring until the plant flowers. Towards the end of September ease back on the watering and feeding of plants in containers to allow the foliage to toughen up.In cold, exposed areas protect the crown of the plant with a deep, dry winter mulch.
  • CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs