How to Care for Agapanthus ‘Bressingham Blue’ (African Lily)

Agapanthus ‘Bressingham Blue’, also known as African Lily ‘Bressingham Blue’, Lily of the Nile ‘Bressingham Blue’, or simply African Lily, is a stunning perennial plant belonging to the Agapanthus genus. This beautiful plant is known for its showy, blue-purple flowers and attractive, strap-like leaves. It makes an excellent addition to various garden styles, including city and courtyard gardens, coastal gardens, Mediterranean gardens, and more. In this article, we’ll explore the main caring considerations for Agapanthus ‘Bressingham Blue’, its growth characteristics, and tips for incorporating it into your garden.

Main Caring Considerations


Agapanthus ‘Bressingham Blue’ requires average watering to thrive. To maintain the right moisture level, water the plant regularly, especially during the growing season. Ensure that the soil is moist, but well-drained, as African Lilies do not tolerate waterlogged conditions.

Light Care

This plant enjoys full sun to partial sun exposure. Although it can tolerate some shade, providing it with plenty of sunlight will result in more abundant and vibrant blooms. Ideally, plant your Agapanthus ‘Bressingham Blue’ in a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily.

Soil Care

African Lily ‘Bressingham Blue’ is adaptable to a range of soil types, including acid, alkaline, neutral, chalk, clay, loam, and sand. However, the key to successful growth is ensuring that the soil is moist but well-drained. To improve drainage, you can add organic matter or compost to the planting area.

Growing Region

This versatile plant can grow in a variety of climates, with temperature and heat zones ranging from 1 to 12. It is also tolerant of deer, rabbit, and salt, making it suitable for coastal gardens and areas with wildlife.

Growth Rate, Height, Size, and Spread

Agapanthus ‘Bressingham Blue’ typically grows at a moderate rate, reaching a height of 2 to 3 feet (60cm to 90cm) and a spread of 1 to 2 feet (30cm to 60cm). Its leaves are strap-like and can grow up to 12 to 18 inches (30cm to 45cm) in length, creating an attractive foliage display even when the plant is not in bloom.

Season and Temperature

Agapanthus ‘Bressingham Blue’ is a summer-flowering bulbous perennial, producing its showy blooms from mid- to late summer. It is hardy and can tolerate a range of temperature conditions, making it suitable for various climates and growing zones.


Pruning is generally not necessary for African Lily ‘Bressingham Blue’, as it maintains a neat and tidy appearance on its own. However, you can remove spent flower stalks after blooming to encourage more blooms and maintain a clean appearance. Additionally, remove any damaged or yellowing leaves as needed.


African Lily ‘Bressingham Blue’ produces stunning, blue-purple flowers that are held on tall, sturdy stems. These showy blooms make excellent cut flowers, adding a touch of elegance and color to any bouquet or floral arrangement.


Agapanthus ‘Bressingham Blue’ is relatively pest-free, but it can occasionally be affected by snails, slugs, and aphids. Monitor your plants regularly for signs of these pests, and treat accordingly with appropriate pest control methods.


Besides being tolerant of deer, rabbit, and salt, Agapanthus ‘Bressingham Blue’ also attracts a variety of beneficial wildlife, including birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Planting this African Lily in your garden will not only add visual interest but also support local ecosystems by providing a source of food and shelter for these creatures.

Garden Styles

African Lily ‘Bressingham Blue’ is suitable for various garden styles, such as city and courtyard gardens, coastal gardens, gravel and rock gardens, and Mediterranean gardens. It can be used in beds and borders, as edging, in patio containers, or along wall-side borders for an impressive display.

Companion Plants

When choosing companion plants for Agapanthus ‘Bressingham Blue’, consider plants with complementary colors and growing conditions. Some good options include Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Lavender, and Salvia, which all share similar light and soil requirements and provide contrasting textures and colors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Agapanthus ‘Bressingham Blue’ toxic to pets?
While Agapanthus plants are not considered highly toxic, they do contain compounds that can cause mild gastrointestinal upset if ingested by pets. It is best to keep pets away from these plants to avoid any potential problems.

Can Agapanthus ‘Bressingham Blue’ be grown in containers?
Yes, this plant can be successfully grown in containers, provided that they have adequate drainage and are filled with well-draining, fertile soil. Be sure to water your container-grown Agapanthus regularly and provide sufficient sunlight for optimal growth and flowering.


Agapanthus ‘Bressingham Blue’ is a stunning addition to any garden, with its vibrant blue-purple flowers, attractive foliage, and adaptable growing conditions. By following the care considerations outlined in this article, you can enjoy a thriving and beautiful display of African Lilies in your outdoor space for years to come.

Martin Duran

Hey y'all! My name is Martin Duran and I am from Cali, Colombia. Since 2018 I have been learning about plants and how to take care of them. Here's is my journey... “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir

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