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Trees of the year
Trees of the year

 

Scientific name: Agapanthus inapertus  

Family: Amaryllidaceae 

 

Common names: Drakensberg agapanthus, drooping agapanthus (E), bloulelie (A), hlakahla (Sw))

Dicoma capensis

Description: Drooping agapanthus is an attractive, tuberous plant that is deciduous and goes completely dormant in the dry winter months unlike other agapanthus species.

Leaves: The leaves are narrow, strap-shaped, grey-green and form a stem at the base of the plant.

Flowers are beautiful, dark blue to violet, tubular to narrowly funnel-shaped and are held in dense heads on stalks up to 1.5 m high.

Flowering time:  January to March.

Origin: South Africa and Swaziland.

Plant uses:  The local people boil parts of agapanthus and add it to bathwater to use it traditionally as a good luck charm.

Propagation: From seed and by division.

References

Duncan, G.D. 1998. Grow agapanthus. Kirstenbosch Gardening Series. National Botanical Institute, Cape Town.
Manninng, J. 2009. Field guide to wildflowers of South Africa. Struik Nature Publishers

http://pza.sanbi.org/agapanthus-inapertus

Zonneveld, B.J.M. & Duncan, G.D. 2003. Taxonomic implications of genome size and pollen colour and vitality for species of Agapanthus L'Héritier (Agapanthaceae). Plant Systematics & Evolution 2141:1 15-123.

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