Agapanthus, or Agapanthus, if it is more convenient for you, it is the name of a plant that creates large bushes, decorated with colorful flowers that manage to animate even the saddest flower beds. It is one of the reasons why, despite its rhizomatous roots, this plant is one of the most loved, in addition to the fact that it shows an enviable vertical habit and is easy to combine with its other colleagues. Both aesthetically and from the point of view of green thumbs.
Agapanthus: the flower
It certainly is the flower is the best part of Agapanthus as often happens, and we see it sprout from a stem that makes space in the center of the plant, from July to September. From this support, in fact, more than one per plant, open semicircular umbels with over 100 flowers each sprout.
The flower itself, if well observed, given its small size, is a bellflower and as color usually shows the blue. We will see, however, that there are interesting alternative colors such as white, blue and white with pinkish shades. The leaves are undoubtedly less charming, in Agapanthus, but completely dignified, green and substantial to the touch. The foliage is persistent and deciduous, depending on the variety and the climate, and goes even further one meter high.
It is quite simple to cultivateAgapanthus, just "set" the plant well in terms of position, terrain and timing. It needs to be in the sun, preferably full sun with a southern or eastern exposure, never exposed to strong currents which, if they break the stems, compromise the flowering season: a great damage!
The Agapanto it should be watered from April-May until September without exaggerating, stagnations are rather risky for this shrub which, rather, prefers to withstand a little drought. If we behave reasonably, keeping an eye on the ground, we do not run any risk because we are in the presence of one rustic plant, which does not demand assiduous care.
Hence, theAgapanthus it is cultivated more willingly in the Center-South and on the coasts, where it is less likely to stagnate, but those who live in the north and want to try to insert this species in their garden can easily do it and obtain excellent results, of course, with some precautions and carefully choosing the most adaptable varieties.
Let's start exploring some of the varieties of Agapanthus most common, so you can identify which one is right for us. The African is one of the largest, in fact it can exceed one meter in height up to one and a half meters.
It is an evergreen and the leaves have a short and wide shape, the flowers are by default inserted in spherical semi-umbels of the classic delicate blue color, they appear in July and August making a show. It is one of the most delicate varieties, therefore it can be cultivated in southern Italy but not very suitable as the protagonist of experiments in the north. Better to bet on another Agapanthus. Its name derives from the fact that the'Agapanthus is in general originally from South Africa, as well as being part of the family of Amaryllidaceae.
In addition to blue flowers, there may also be white ones, which are less frequent and therefore more valuable. "Pure" white or with shades tending to pink, both are very beautiful even if, placed in flower beds, they catch the eye of the blue-violet color.
In general there are about 10 species of Agapanthus and all are characterized by dark green leaves but the height varies a lot. There are those that remain 20 - 30 cm, others that stand out, those with white flowers are of medium size and usually stand side by side with other perennial shrubs or succulent plants such as the agaves or the opuntias.
L'Agapanthus praecox, early, has a height of 60-70 cm but also includes dwarf sub-varieties that do not exceed 40 cm. The foliage is always green, the flowers always in blue or blue umbels. Being the most common like Agapanthus, it is the most used for crosses where it brings its tendency to the long flowering season. It is a pity that it is also very delicate, so this too, it is better to stay in southern Italy and not emigrate to the north, for its own good.
Already mentioned several times, theBlue Agapanthus it is among the most common and most beautiful. Few like this shrub of this color can cheer up the garden even in the hottest moments, alongside with dignity and courage to the yellow, red and pink of other plants near the bed.
The flowers of this plant are waiting for summer to be seen, in spring we see only long ribbon-like leaves, 4-6 cm wide and up to 50-80 cm long, glossy, thick, slightly leathery, light green color. Towards July we will then see a central stem rise with tubular flowers on top assembled in a small sphere, or rather, in a hemispherical sphere. In winter, the whole show disappears and theAgapanthus it goes into vegetative rest until late spring.
The name Agapanthus derives from the Greek agàpe, meaning love, and ànthos, meaning flower. Trivially, therefore, it is called and is fully entitled a flower of love. However, it is not its only meaning, in fact, especially in its in its country of origin, it is understood as symbol of elegance and class. As welcome in the garden as at home, it is recommended as a romantic gift if the person who receives it cares a lot about etiquette, elegance and originality
A sachet of seeds of Agapanthus online it costs less than 5 euros and that's it. Just a review of its vegetative calendar which provides for flowering in summer, division in November, or in March-April if we are in the north, irrigation from April to September, including flowering, with the intention of fertilizing it between March and August. From October to April theAgapanthus goes on winter retreat. You can also find it white, at the same price.
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