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Agapanthus 'Elaine'

Family: Agapanthaceae
Genus: Agapanthus (ag-uh-PANTH-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Elaine
Hybridized by Archie Amate; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1990

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
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
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is fire-retardant
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Jun 7, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Tall agapanthus, flower is a very dark blue

Neutral htop On Dec 28, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. Agapanthus x 'Elaine' may be a cross between Agapanthus africanus and Aganpanthus praecox ssp. orientalis. The hybridizer, Archie Armate, is not certain about its heritage. It has dark violet-blue flowers on 4 to 4.5 foot flower stalks. The pompon-like flower heads are 8 inches wide.


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

Clovis, California
Brandon, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Punta Gorda, Florida
Snellville, Georgia
Valdosta, Georgia
Coram, New York
Richmond, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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