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Agapanthus Headbourne Hybrids

Agapanthus Headbourne Hybrids

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Headbourne Hybrids
(African Lily, Blue Strains)

Agapanthus Headbourne hybrids is a low growing variety good for the front of the border, for edges and specimen plantings. Being a hybrid mix the flowers can range from dark blue through to white, the vast majority flower pale blue.
It will produce a wonderful flower display from May - September.
  • Height: Flowering to 100cm, foliage 40cm
  • Spread: Easily maintained to 80cm
  • Foliage Colour: Glossy green, strap like, narrow leaves
  • Flower Colour: Pale blue through to dark blue
  • Soil Type: Moist, well drained, sandy, loam
  • Position: Full Sun 
  • Hardiness: Hardy once established in a sheltered spot, H4 (down to -10)
  • Type: Evergreen, a tuft of foliage stays over winter
Proven to be reasonable hardy and needs protection from only the most server conditions.
Hardy, Herbaceous Perennial
Supplied in a 9cm pot or 2 Litre pot, please select from the drop down menu when ordering.
Agapanthus Headbourne Hybrids makes up a collection of flower colours which are raised from seed, for this reason it is a pot luck when buying them unless they are in flower. With that said, the flower colour of our hybrids is restricted to a range of blues and pale blues. 
The original Headbourne Hybrids were raised from seeds collected from the Kirstenbosh Botanic Gardens in Cape Town. These seeds were acquired by the Hon. Lewis Palmer and raised at his garden in Worthy, Hampshire in the 1940s. Around 300 seedlings were raised and they were all hybrids, from these hybrids a range of Agapanthus were selected and named. 
The species of this range of hybrids is closest to Agapanthus campanulatus, this is what gives the range its hardiness and they prove to be very tough in most areas of the UK, a winter mulch will help them to thrive. Unlike other species these are deciduous Agapanthus so do not be alarmed if the foliage disappear in winter!
Hardy, evergreen perennial which keeps a low covering of foliage through winter.

Proven to be reasonable hardy and needs protection from only the most server conditions.
Semi-evergreen bulbous perennial
Agapanthus (Liliaceae) the African Lily, a useful plant for the garden, the species that are mostly grown in the UK are generally tough although some are a bit tender, as a loose rule the narrower leaved varieties are much tougher, they generally behave more like herbaceous perennials, loosing their leaves over winter and dying back to a root system. The larger leaved varieties tend to keep their large, strap like leaves over winter and these should be protected from frost or are more suited to coastal areas. 
Soils are not too much of a consideration as Agapanthus will grow in any soil type, what is needed is a good situation, good light is essential as most varieties will lean quite heavily toward the light, the soil should be moist as well, not dry or boggy. They are not generally too hungry but respond quite well to a feed from late spring up to flowering. 

Flowering can be improved by restricting the root, this is one plant that responds well to being root bound so if growing in a pot do not be too concerned if the plant is pot bound with roots showing on the surface, keep pots dry over winter (not too dry) and then in spring, once you see active growth, keep the plants watered and feed plants weekly, this will encourage healthy leaves and flower buds.   
Flowering is between June-September, the flower heads are usually rounded with a slight umbrella shape to them, colours range from white to light blue - dark blue and into purple. Once flowers have gone over the seeds will develop in their place, these are hard, large black seeds. To prolong flowering trim the flowering stems back to the foliage once they have gone over.

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