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PlantFiles: Bell Agapanthus
Agapanthus campanulatus

Family: Agapanthaceae
Genus: Agapanthus (ag-uh-PANTH-us) (Info)
Species: campanulatus (kam-pan-yoo-LAH-tus) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive 45eriepa On May 8, 2010, 45eriepa from Lexington, MA wrote:

I have been growing Agapanthus campanulatus ssp campanulatus from Silverhill seed outside since 2006, during which it has experienced a minimum temperature of -2o F. It is in a fairly protected position to the south of the house; I do not mulch it heavily. It blooms (in July) and increases well, in fact I just dug up 5 divisions. It has also set viable seed. Yes, it has marvelous curiosity value, but above all it is an excellent garden plant.

Positive revlar On Jun 2, 2005, revlar from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Agapanthus is an easy to grow plant here in Central Florida and the long lasting flower is spectacular.

Positive pokerboy On Jan 18, 2005, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

I really like this particular agapanthus as it does not grow as big as many of the others. It makes quite a plesant border and like all agapanthus can be divided easily. pokerboy.

Positive celle On Apr 18, 2003, celle from Grafton, WI wrote:

I grow this plant in pots indoors from Oct.-April then put the pots outdoors during the summer (zone 5). They bloom indoors sometime between March and April, but never bloom outdoors. My plants are severely rootbound and probably getting too large for their pots. I plan to divide them when they are finished blooming, but I am unsure of the ratio of plant to pot size. I would like to hear other's experience with growing this plant in pots.

Neutral Terry On Aug 16, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A. campanulatus 'Headbourne' is arguably the hardiest of all the African lilies. The Headbourne variety is named for the Honourable Lewis Palmers garden at Headbourne Worthy near Winchester.

Neutral eltel On Aug 14, 2001, eltel from Macclesfield, CHESHIRE (Zone 8a) wrote:

Agapanthus. Officially designated as a herb with thick fleshy roots, Agapanthus originates from South Africa. The predominant colour is blue, although white is also popular. Designated as Zone 7 (mostly) they do require lots of protection if grown outside in a north European or American Winter.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Carlotta, California
San Luis Obispo, California
Upland, California
Brooksville, Florida
Fort White, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana
Kentwood, Louisiana
Lexington, Massachusetts
Petal, Mississippi
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Coal Center, Pennsylvania
Sumter, South Carolina
Toone, Tennessee
Vonore, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Kermit, West Virginia

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