Also known as
Bell African Lily, African lily
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2 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Bell Agapanthus Overview
Agapanthus campanulatus is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial species and a great choice for gardens in colder areas. Also known as the Bell Agapanthus, amongst other names, it is frost tolerant, emerges in spring and becomes dormant in winter. This relatively small plant has cultural significance in South Africa where the roots are crushed and made into a lotion that is used to bathe newborn babies to make them strong, and as a protective charm against lightning. Agapanthus campanulatas has strap-shaped, greyish-green leaves. In summer it produces pale to dark lavender-blue, trumpet-shaped flowers in umbels on 1m high upright stems. A versatile plant that suits a variety of sites from urban courtyard to coastal informal gardens, from containers to 'en masse' in wall-side borders. To thrive, it needs a sunny, sheltered spot with moist, well-drained soil.
Common problems with Bell Agapanthus
How to harvest Bell Agapanthus
Seeds must be harvested in autumn when the seed pods have dried out. Flower stalks can be cut for flower arrangements during summer months.
How to propagate Bell Agapanthus
Seeds must be sown fresh in the autumn, or if you are in an area where you receive below freezing temperatures keep the seeds cool in the fridge and sow in the spring.
Divide clusters in winter when the plant is dormant. Deciduous varieties should be divided once every six years.
Divide the tuberous rhizomes in winter when the plant is dormant.
Special features of Bell Agapanthus
Grows very well in large pots.
This species can withstand drought periods, as it fleshy rhizomes stores water reserves.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects like bees and butterflies.
Attracts nectar eating birds like sunbirds.
Flowers may be light, deep blue to purple, and striped.
Other uses of Bell Agapanthus
Newborn babies are washed in Agapanthus to protect for future life.