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Products > Agapanthus inapertus ssp. pendulus 'Graskop'
 
Agapanthus inapertus ssp. pendulus 'Graskop' - Grassland Agapanthus
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Amaryllidaceae (Onions)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Flower Color: Blue Violet
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Agapanthus inapertus ssp. pendulus 'Graskop' (Grassland Agapanthus) - A striking deciduous perennial with neat clumps of strap shaped light green leaves to 2 feet tall. In July and August expect the flowering stems to rise another foot above the foliage and bear incredibly dark nearly black buds, which are held upright but bend over to be pendulous when the pedicels elongate and the dark violet purple flowers open. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and give regular late spring and summer irrigation. Useful in mass plantings, smaller groups or specimen plantings or as a potted plant. This plant is winter deciduous (starts going down in mid-fall) but tolerates winter rain while dormant and can withstand colder temperatures than the evergreen Agapanthus though a good mulching is recommended for temperatures below 15 F. This plant is a naturally occurring form of Agapanthus inapertus from the summer rainfall area of Mpumalanga near the town of Graskop in the northeast Transvaal where is grows as a grassland component. The name Graskop comes from the vast area of grassland (grassveld) so named for the lack of trees in the area. This plant was originally introduced in 1987 by the South African National Botanic Garden at Kirstenbosch.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Agapanthus 'Graskop'.