About this cultivar:
Agapanthus africanus Twister = 'Ambic001' is a new introduction bred by De Wett of South Africa. It was brought to market in 2014 by PlantiPP (were I got the photos!). I don't know much about yet as it is new to us. I'll copy their description below:
"You can’t control your feet when you lay your eyes on Agapanthus africanus Twister! Abundant flowering is what characterizes Twister. This new Agapanthus blooms with striking, bicolored flowers which change from blue at the throat to white on the petals’ edges. This combination of rich flowering and its fresh colour give this beauty an energetic and cheerful appearance. Twister also stands out because of its compact habit. It reaches a height of just 70 cm. This makes Twister perfect for container planting on balcony, terrace or patio. Also very suitable for perennial borders or in mixed containers. Twister is hardy to -15° Celsius. It performs best in full sun, in a well-drained soil. It’s not just us... Also bees and butterflies can’t sit still when they see this stunning African lily! Let’s do the twist with Agapanthus africanus Twister!"
Here is a youtube video (not mine!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwggrk-BaP8
- Position: Full sun, partial shade (better in full sun)
- Soil: Almost any soil
Flowers: July, August, September
- Other features: Bees and Butterflies
- Hardiness: H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10°C)
- Habit: Clump forming
- Foliage: Deciduous
- Height: 50 to 75 cm (2 - 2.5ft)
- Spread: 45 to 75 cm (1.5 - 2.5 ft)
- Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years
- Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial
- Colour: Blue, white, green
- Goes well with: Achillea, Coreopsis, Crocosmia, Hemerocallis,, Kniphofia,and Stipa tenuissima. We like to experiment with blue-on-blue (Eryngium and Agapanthus!) or blue on white (White Hydrangea and Agapanthus).
About this genus:Agapanthus (lily-of-the-nile) is a South-African perennial genus that is known for being a fantastic summer-flowering, butterfly-attracting perennial - our second best selling plant is Agapanthus! At Ballyrobert we've trialed many cultivars to find what we think are the best performers out there.
Agapanthus forms clumps with strap-like leaves which in the summer produce stems ending with with large circular arrangements of trumpet-like flowers. The clump-size, stem-length, flower colour and foliage can vary depending on the cultivar. Flower colours can vary from light to dark purple, light to dark blue, grey to white, and even bicolour. The foliage can range from evergreen to semi-evergreen to deciduous.
Agapanthus tend to prefer full-sun but will also grow in part shade. They tend to be quite drought tolerant. Some Agapanthus are supposed to be tender. We don't sell those ones here! All the cultivars we sell have been tested in our own garden over a number of years. We've found them to be tough, fully hardy, low maintenance plants perfect for a wide range of gardens. Unsurprising since they are native to South Africa - a place of wildly varying habits.
Agapanthus combine well with other sun-lovers and/or lily-type plants. You can try: Achillea, Coreopsis, Crocosmia, Hemerocallis, Kniphofia, and Stipa tenuissima. We like to experiment with blue-on-blue (Eryngium and Agapanthus!) or blue on white (White Hydrangea and Agapanthus)