Agapanthus africanus ‘Twister’

African lily 'Twister'

Show-stopping blue and white flowers reach 50cm above fresh green strappy foliage on this hardy semi-evergreen South African perennial. Like all of its relatives this will flourish in full sun and moist well drained soils – often flowering best with a bit of congestion at the root.

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Origin: South Africa
Genus: Agapanthus
Species / Cultivar: africanus 'Twister'
Common Name: African lily 'Twister'
Synonym: Agapanthus 'Ambic001'

Plant Biography

Show-stopping big blue and white umbels reach 50cm on sturdy stems above fresh green strappy semi-evergreen foliage.

Agapanthus africanus hail from South Africa, which gives some clue as to their preference for being sunbaked. Whilst needing a bit of protection in colder gardens, this is an extremely popular candidate for coastal gardens as well as smart city planters or borders.

The species name is composed of Ancient Greek words agap ‘love’ and anthos ‘flower,’ making it the flower of love.

Agapanthus africanus 'Twister'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Semi Evergreen
May only remain evergreen in milder winters, or only loose leaves for a short period.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Plant shallowly in full sun and keep undisturbed for best results, mulching with gravel if possible to keep the crown free of moisture and avoiding rot. Alternatively grow in a pot and bring under cover during harsh winters in colder regions.

Whilst in mild gardens this Agapanthus stays evergreen, it may loose some foliage over winter especially in colder winters – but will fill out again in the warmer months. This is a moderately compact Agapanthus, with mature clumps reaching a maximum of 0.5m tall when in full summer bloom.

Expert Tip

Most Agapanthus in pots will flower best if kept slightly rootbound, so don't be tempted to size up too far when repotting.