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Agapanthus 'Ellamae'

Family: Agapanthaceae
Genus: Agapanthus (ag-uh-PANTH-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Ellamae
Additional cultivar information: (aka Ella Mae)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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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:
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BUFFY690 On Jan 23, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have enjoyed my aggy for several years now, it was getting crowded and shaded too much by surrounding plants getting more mature. I hope that it survives its move to a more open location, I did not split as to add to its shocking situation. It has never ceased to amaze even in the adverse weather conditions we have had here, hoping it is Bulletproof with the new move.

Neutral saya On Jul 21, 2006, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Large and vigorous Lily-of-the-Nile that forms a clump of green strap-like leaves topped with blue-violet flower heads on tall stems in summer. Good container plant in colder areas, yearly color accent in outdoor beds where winters are more mild. Foliage 3 feet high and wide, flower stalks to 66 inches. Drought tolerant once established. Full sun. Evergreen.


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

Capistrano Beach, California
Wildomar, California
Crawfordville, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Greenwood, Louisiana
Logansport, Louisiana
Concord, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Prosperity, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
Willis, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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