Agapanthus for Gardeners

Agapanthus for Gardeners

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ISBN-13: 9780881926569
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/15/2004
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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One cannot be careful enough when purchasing an Agapanthus. If you see large clumps of Agapanthus at a flower sale, do not buy them. They are usually plants from flower growers. Flowers have been produced on these plants for years and have only been discarded because their flowers have become inferior. These plants have never got a name; usually there will be only a tag with "love flower" or something similar written on it. The naïve purchaser, who thinks that only two varieties exist, the blue and the white, will be very tempted to pick up such a cash-desk bargain and that is a pity. Such a plant is certainly not representative of the genus and will, in spite of good care, flower poorly or not at all.

Never buy an Agapanthus in a plastic bag, for they have been treated as flower bulbs. A few roots between some peat moss will be provided with an attractive label with the name Agapanthus white or Agapanthus blue, and that is that. You will just have to wait and see what it develops into. Bags are also sold bearing the name miniature Agapanthus and a blue flower head. This plant has nothing whatever to do with Agapanthus and is sailing under a false flag. If you have your specs on you will, upon closer inspection, be able to read in small letters Brodiaea. This is a perfectly good bulb but has nothing in common with an Agapanthus.

Never buy an Agapanthus in a pot that only bears the name Agapanthus blue or Agapanthus white because you will still not know what you have got. It can be a beautiful plant, but it can also be a plant that hardly flowers and when it does they are not what you have been expecting. Never buy a plant bearing the name Agapanthus africanus, because this name is wrong. This species grows in South Africa, in the Western Cape, and is not grown anywhere in Europe. Do not buy an A. umbellatus, this name means nothing at all; it was given to A. africanus in 1789, discarded in 1824 and replaced by A. africanus. Whoever still uses the name A. umbellatus is a few centuries behind the times.

Certainly never buy Headbourne Hybrids, and do not believe it when they bear the words "winter hardy". Nowadays this name is a collective name for all sown Agapanthus and everything ripe and green is sold under this name. So do not be tempted. Now that interest in Agapanthus is growing it is to be hoped that garden centres will offer good cultivars of these plants for sale. Some already do, but even these may still bear a label with only white or blue on it because no others are available. It is quite a nice idea to put them to the test. If a group of plants are on offer under the same cultivar name, inspect the base of the leaves. If one plant has green at the base and another has purple, then they are plants which have been raised from seed and should not bear the name of a cultivar.

Table of Contents

Preface7
History8
The Flower of Love
V.O.C.
Breyne
Monnincks Atlas
Hortus Medicus
Marianne North
A Variable Mega Genus
Mooreanus
Lewis Palmer
Frances Leighton
Trials
Books
Botany16
Plant Description
Foliage
Flower
Taxonomy
From Ten Species to Six
Classification of the Cultivars
Anthocyanin
Garden22
Choosing
Purchasing
Misunderstandings
Soil
Sun
Nourishment
Winter
Propagating
Pests and Diseases
Fasciations
Situation
Combinations
Naturalizing
Cut Flowers34
Place of Origin
Best Choice and Care
A Longer Season
Fields Full of Flowers
Suitable Cultivars
From 'Dr Brouwer' to 'Madurodam'
Bouquets
Plant Collections40
The Netherlands
Great Britain
Belgium
Species44
Cultivars50
From A to Z
RUBBISH
Lists84
Deciduous or Evergreen, and Flower Colour
From XS to XL
Flat, Round or Nodding Inflorescence
Variegated Leaves
Fragrance
Literature91
Addresses92
Words of Gratitude94
Index95

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