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Agapanthus 'Purple Delight'

Agapanthus 'Purple Delight'

Also known as

African Lily 'Purple Delight', Blue Lily 'Purple Delight'

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Agapanthus 'Purple Delight' Overview

Agapanthus 'Purple Delight' is an evergreen clump-forming plant that produces charming purple star-shaped flowers that form a rounded head standing 90cm tall above glossy-green strappy leaves. African Lily 'Purple Delight' gives a lovely summer display, looking especially stunning as part of a Mediterranean, mixed planting or xeriscaping scheme. In areas where temperatures drop below -5C, it will happily grow in large containers that can be moved undercover during the winter months. Like the fairy tale character Goldilocks, Agapanthus like their growing space to be just so! Contrary to popular wisdom, Agapanthus do not like to be overcrowded in their pots; however they also take a while to establish if planted up into too large spaces. As a rule of thumb, pot on every two years using a gritty multipurpose mix.

Common problems with Agapanthus 'Purple Delight'

How to harvest Agapanthus 'Purple Delight'

Harvest seeds after flowering (when the capsules have dried out). Cut flower stalks during flowering for a beautiful display in a vase.

How to propagate Agapanthus 'Purple Delight'


The best time to lift and divide agapanthus is Autumn after they have finished flowering. Evergreen varieties should be divided once every four years to continue producing good flowers.


Divide the tuberous rhizomes in winter when the plant is dormant.


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.

Special features of Agapanthus 'Purple Delight'

Drought resistant

This species can withstand drought periods, as it fleshy rhizomes store water reserves.

Pot plant

Popular outdoor pot plant.

Attractive flowers

Attractive clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers

Attracts useful insects

Attract insects including bees and butterflies and insect eating birds and nectar-loving birds.


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