Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Perennials
New Dwarf Agapanthus
by Charlie Nardozzi
Agapanthus, or lily of the Nile, is a common perennial in warm climates (hardy in USDA zones 8 to11). The dark green, strap-like leaves provide an attractive ground cover, while the stalks of sky blue flowers provide color throughout the summer. Most selections of agapanthus form a sizeable clump of foliage up to 3 feet tall but a new dwarf variety offers the well-loved flowers in a more compact size.
?Baby Pete? agapanthus (Agapanthus orientalis ?Baby Pete?) features 6- to 8-inch tall plants with 9-inch-long flower stalks. The blue or mauve flowers appear in clusters and have a white streak on the petals. The foliage is shorter, darker colored, and wider than other dwarf agapanthus. Also, ?Baby Pete? doesn?t have viable seeds so it won?t form unsightly seedpods.
For more information on ?Baby Pete? agapanthus, go to: Monrovia Nursery.