Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil (or John Innes no. 3 compost for containers)
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: July to September
Hardiness: half hardy (will need protection in winter)
Globes of of trumpet-shaped, blue flowers which can be variable in colour appear from July to September on straight stems above bold clumps of strap-like, mid-green leaves. These beautiful African lilies provide valuable late summer interest in a sunny, well-drained border, or large patio pot. Where temperatures fall below zero, container-grown specimens should be overwintered in a frost free place.
Garden care: Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly from spring. Towards the end of September ease back on the watering and feeding of plants in containers to allow the foliage to toughen up. Divide congested plants in spring, but be aware that they may not flower again the next summer.