GIANT FORM LILY OF THE NILE Agapanthus africanus
This is a giant form of Lily Of the Nile, with huge flowers, on tall stems! The georgeous jaw-dropping cobalt-blue blooms are held in strong stems, high above the foliage and readily seen and admired! Foliage is thick and strappy, forming large attractive clumps. Extremely impressive plants!
Height: 36", 91 cm
Location: Shade or part shade. If soil is wet (bog) this can be grown in sun.
Hardiness zones: 6-11
Note: This plant species is known to have toxicity. Ingestion of these seeds or this plant can cause illness such as vomiting or diarrhea.
Germination: As with many perennial seeds, these seeds require a period of moist cold to help them break dormancy. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 4-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout a few weeks after the warming period.
If you are planting your seeds in late winter or spring, these seeds can be planted outdoors while it is still cool out (once the ground is workable and unfrozen), to receive the cold period naturally in the garden. It is best to use this method only if you are able to keep the soil moist for the entire germination period. Be sure to label the planting area.