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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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.
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.