Lily of the Nile Blue Storm™, a patented Agapanthus from Anthony Tesselaar International, gives people more, lots more, of what they love Agapanthus for – color!
A sport of abundant-flowering Lily of the Nile ‘Snow Storm’, it consistently blooms up to three weeks earlier and longer than most Agapanthus, flowering on average 70 days per season (up to two to three weeks longer than other varieties). It is extremely floriferous, producing an abundance of scapes or stems topped with light violet-blue flowers. When mature, this vigorous plant blooms in flushes, bearing up to 100 stems on a mature plant per season – all bursting forth together in a mass of long-lasting thick blue flower umbels or clusters.
Blue Storm™ agapanthus grows to a compact 30 inches (2½ feet), a preferred height for landscapes and container plantings. Most other Agapanthus are either much taller or shorter.
Lily of the Nile, also known by the botanical name Agapanthus, is increasingly popular with American gardeners and landscapers for its easy-care nature, crisp exotic look, and long-lasting flowers. With its lush tufts of dense strappy leaves, the plant adds flair even when not in bloom.
Commercial landscapes, perennial beds and borders, container plantings, fire-retardant borders.
Free-standing basal cluster with strap-like leaves. Large, thick, fleshy roots approximately ¼ inch in diameter. Upright, medium size with normal to slow growth rate for genus. Full height is achieved in 18 months.
Cluster diameter to 20 inches.
Grows to 30 inches high (includes flower).
Flower umbel is approximately 4 inches in diameter, 30 florets per umbel. The green bud is lance-shaped up to 2 inches in length by ½ inch wide. There are six petals per floret, 1 ½ x 3/8 inch.
30 inches tall.
20 inches wide.
Space 2 feet apart for garden border.
USDA zones 8 to 11.
Flowers abundantly in late Spring to mid Summer with spot flowering through late Summer and Fall – approximately 70 days in all.
Number Of Flowers
Approximately 25 stems, each with a flower umbel of up to 30 florets each on a 2 to 3 year old plant, 50 stems and umbels on a 4 year old plant and up to 100 on a 5 year old plant.
Umbellate of blue flowers.
Dense leaves are arranged in a tuft or cluster. Each leaf is narrow and strap-like, measuring on average 14 inches long by ¾ inches wide.
Remove dead flower stems after flowering in late fall.
Grows in most light conditions. Flowers best in full sun but will flower in reduced numbers in partial shade.
Blue Storm™ will tolerate a range of soils from sand to clay.
Water well to establish. But once established in the landscape, agapanthus are tolerant of both wet and dry conditions and have proved to be an ideal landscape plant for drier warm or tropical areas.
Promote initial growth by providing high nitrogen fertilizer for initial growth, but once established use a flowering plant formula high in potassium to encourage flowering.
Agapanthus are not prone to disease in the landscape.
No major pests. Snails and slugs may cause slight damage.
Easy-care plant. Initially, better performance will be attained if plants are watered and fed regularly, but once established Bluestorm will flower readily with minimal care. In colder zones, either winter protect, dig and store, or store potted plants “as is” in a frost-free location.
Good plant for dry, sub-tropical areas. Thick, moisture-retentive foliage makes agapanthus effective in fire-retardant borders.
Sport of Agapanthus praecox orientalis nana alba var. ‘Snowstorm’