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Products > Agapanthus 'Elaine'
Agapanthus 'Elaine' - Lily of the Nile

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Amaryllidaceae (Onions)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue Violet
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agapanthus 'Elaine' (Lily of the Nile) - A phenomenally vigorous evergreen perennial (in mild climates) that makes a fast growing 3' tall clump of green strap-like leaves, topped in midsummer with dark violet blue 8" wide pompon heads of flowers on 50" tall stems. Evergreen in USDA zones 8 - 10. This plant is shorter with darker violet flowers in smaller clusters and has smaller paler green leaves than Agapanthus 'Ellemae'. It has exceptional vigor in its larger dense umbel of very dark blue-violet (Violet Blue Group 43A) flowers in combination with its very robust foliage. This sister seedling to Agapanthus Ellamae was a California's LA State and County Arboretum 1990 introduction that was a hybrid developed by Archie A. Amate from Huntington Beach in 1978. Mr. Amate noted that the plants he was working with were Agapanthus africanus and A. praecox ssp. orientalis but said that "the seed and pollen parents can not be identified with certainty". This plant received US Plant Patent PP7,303, which has since expired. 

This information about Agapanthus 'Elaine' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.