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Products > Agapanthus praecox ssp orientalis 'Silver Streak'
 
Agapanthus praecox ssp orientalis 'Silver Streak' - Silver Streak Lily of the Nile
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Amaryllidaceae (Onions)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Blue
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agapanthus praecox ssp. orientalis 'Silver Streak' (Silver Streak Lily of the Nile) - This hardy evergreen perennial grows to about 2 feet tall and clumps to about 3 feet wide with undulating variegated leaves that are over 1 inch wide and 24 to 30 inch long with strong cream colored margins and finer cream striations on the green center of the leaf. In early to mid-summer appear the medium-sized blue flowers on 3-4 foot tall stalks. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade and irrigate regularly to occasionally - will withstand drier conditions but look exceptionally better with moderate watering. Hardy to 20-25 degrees F and should prove root hardy to considerably - we have been told by Tony Avent that it has overwintered when mulched at his Juniper Level Garden in Raleigh NC (USDA zone 7b). This plant with exceptionally broad leaves make a colorful and bold statement in the garden. This plant was selected as a chance seedling at our nursery in 1994 from our seed grown Agapanthus praecox ssp. orientalis crop. We built up stock for 5 years before naming it 'Silver Streak' and then introduced it in 1999. A plant discovered growing at F.K Nursery in Los Angeles in the late 1990s was later given to Monrovia Nursery who introduced it 2012 the cultivar name 'MonKageyama' and using one of their trademarked marketing names. Some have commented that it appears quite similar to our Silver Streak. 'MonKageyama' is indeed a very nice plant with broad leaves and cream margins but differs in that it does not have the undulating leaves that are characteristic of our 'Silver Streak'.  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 'Silver Streak'.