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Keep agapanthus in the garden and out of native bushland

Agapanthus.
Agapanthus.

FLOWERING heads of agapanthus bobbing in the summer breeze is a beautiful sight.

Agapanthus taking over our native bush land - not so much.

Hardy and easily grown, the agapanthus is favoured by many Australian gardeners.

Clumps of strappy green leaves all year are an attractive backdrop for many other plants and in late spring the unfurling purple or white buds signal summer is almost here.

Originating in South Africa and belonging to the onion (Alliaceae) family, agapanthus is great for use in borders and mass plantings.

And it's because of this popular use that this plant is becoming a problem.

As the summer flowering season comes to a close, local gardeners need to be vigilant in dead heading and disposing thoughtfully of the spent blooms to avoid this beautiful plant "escaping" into native bushland.

 

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