Some of the richest inky blue flowers you’ve ever encountered on an “African Lily”! In early Summer, sturdy 3-4’ tall spikes emerge from 3’ high and wide clumps of strap-shaped foliage. The 8” wide umbels of tubular flowers explode out like midnight-purple shooting stars, making for a dramatic display. Very durable and drought tolerant once established, it makes a great understory planting and, in milder zones (USDA 8b-10), it remains evergreen for year-round appeal. Thought to be a cross between A. africanus and A. praecox ssp. orientalis, it was first introduced in 1978. Though it can handle some shade, the intense violet flowers radiate a unique iridescence when caught by the sun, making that a preferred location. Can handle being a bit root-bound in a pot so also suitable for a container. Excellent as a cut flower. Plant in fertile, well-drained soil and divide clumps about every four years. Deer resistant.

Curious Plantsman

Sun/Part Sun
Avg/Low Water

Perennial Bulb
USDA zones 7-10