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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Agapanthus africanus.

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Agapanthus africanus.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Cardiac, stomachic[1].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe[2], it can also be sown in a greenhouse in March/April[3]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 18°c[3], do not sow it too thickly so that it is possible to grow the seedlings on in their pot without disturbing them for their first year of growth. Give occasional liquid feeds to make sure they do not become nutrient deficient. Divide the seedlings up into individual pots in the spring following germination, grow them on for a further year in the greenhouse and then plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Seedlings take 2 - 3 years to flower[3]. Division of offsets in April/May. Do not move plants between October and March[4]. Division is very easy in the growing season, the divisions can be planed straight out into their permanent positions if required.

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Cultivation

Succeed in most soils[4], but prefers a light very well-drained porous soil with plenty of leaf-mold[5][2]. Plants need to be kept moderately dry during the growing season but with moisture in winter[5]. They only flower freely if growing in a very sunny position[4]. Plants succeed in maritime gardens[6].

This species is not very hardy in Britain[5], but some forms of the plant tolerate several degrees of frost[2]. They are best given a good mulch if temperatures lower than 0°c occur[2]. Plants are growing well at the foot of a wall in Cambridge Botanical Gardens[K]. Hybridizes very freely with other members of this genus, some botanists say there is only one very variable species of Agapanthus[2]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[6].

The flowering stems lean towards the sun[4].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Agapanthus africanus.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

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Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Agapanthus africanus
Genus
Agapanthus
Family
Alliaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
9
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
  • Maritime exposure
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
?
Life Cycle
?
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
Fertility
?
Pollinators
?
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type

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References

  1. ? 1.01.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.5 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.13.2 Rice. G. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 1. Thompson and Morgan. (1987-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.14.24.3 Bird. R. (Editor) Focus on Plants. Volume 5. (formerly 'Growing from seed') Thompson and Morgan. (1991-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.15.2 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.1 Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)
  7. ? Adamson. and Salter. Flora of the Cape Peninsula. ()

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