Powder blue dwarf Agapanthus heads on 30cm. stems above a neat clump of very prettily variegated cream and green foliage. Each mini sword shaped leaf is boldly marginned with a cream edge, and they form a dense clump of fetching foliage. Sterile hybrid, so will not set seed, and poses no threat to our native environment or bushland.
Attractive all year round
The neat dwarf foliage clump just gently increases. As tough and hardy as any other Agapanthus despite it’s diminutive size. The underground rhizome gives the clump the ability to store food and water well. Flowers appear in summer, but the sparkling foliage clump is the thing to love.
Tough, hardy & easy
Plant in Full Sun to 1/2 Shade. Hot and dry hardy once established. Agapanthus are highly versatile and forgiving of less than ideal conditions. A wise choice for low maintenance, and low water use gardeners. Frost hardy, even in hard frost areas. Tolerates seaside, sandy, poor and stony soils, and windy sites as it is so low to the ground. Does not like to be waterlogged.
Where to use in the garden
Ideal for neat low edges for paths or front of garden beds, where it can resist the scratching of Blackbirds. Makes a sparkling feature plant in a container all year – with its evergreen variegated foliage and neat, dense habit. Tough enough to live permanently in a pot. They actually quite like being cramped for room, and it encourages flowering – so let your clump fill the pot right up. If mass planted makes an excellent permanent groundcover.
– Height with flowers: 30cm – 40cm. approx. Foliage clump without flowers 20cm. approx.
– Width: 30cm. approx.
– Position: Full Sun to Part Shade, Dappled Sun. Dry and heat hardy once established. Very successful in Part Shade in hot summer areas. Full Sun is better in colder climate areas. This dwarf variety is more tolerant of summer humidity.
– Soil: Happily tolerates a wide range of soils and a wide range of pH. Thrives in both lime and acid soil. Grows well in rocky or sandy and poor soils, in loam and even clay based soils as long as they are well drained. Will rot if waterlogged for long periods. Additional feeding will just make this dwarf clump even faster with its lovely foliage.
– Fragrance: None.
– Frost: Frost hardy, even in hard frost areas down to -10C approx. or more.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial from a rhizome. Sterile hybrid so will not self seed.
– Beneficial to wildlife: A sterile hybrid so cannot seed into the bush. Bees, native honey-eating birds, and butterflies find the flower trumpets very useful for nectar gathering.
– Care: Absolutely minimal if ever, no fuss, low maintenance.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: For gardeners of a vengeful nature – Agapanthus are poisonous for rabbits. But bunny is usually too smart to touch them. Deer don’t care for them either. In fact nothing much ever wants to eat an Agapanthus.
– Origin: The Agapanthus family in general are native to the Cape region of South Africa and nearby – thus perfectly adapted to southern Australian conditions. So it is important to only grow sterile hybrids like Tinkerbell so there is no chance the seeds can be spread into the bush. The name Agapanthus comes from Greek, and means “love flower”.