Agapanthus ‘Black Pantha’

African lily 'Black Pantha'

Agapanthus ‘Black Pantha,’ also known as African Lily, is a captivating perennial known for its unique and striking dark purple-black flowers. This cultivar, developed through selective breeding, adds a dramatic touch to gardens and container displays. With its tall flower stalks and glossy strap-like foliage, ‘Black Pantha’ stands out as an eye-catching feature in borders and pots.

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Origin: South Africa
Genus: Agapanthus
Species / Cultivar: 'Black Pantha'
Common Name: African lily 'Black Pantha'

Plant Biography

Deep blue flower trumpets unfurl from almost black buds on stems up to a metre tall on this semi-evergreen Agapanthus.

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 ‘Black Pantha’
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: 0.9-1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5-0.6m
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 this Agapanthus is considered mainly evergreen, it may lose some foliage over winter – especially in cooler gardens – but will fill out again in the warmer months. Mature clumps may reach up to 1m tall when in full summer bloom.

As with most Agapanthus, it is recommended that the clumps are divided every four years or so. This will keep them vigorous and gives the added bonus or providing extra plants.

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.