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Black Buddha Lily-of-the-Nile
The large umbels of violet flowers are a gift in a container or cutflower arrangement.

Black Buddha Lily-of-the-Nile

Bareroot
Item # 35593
$14.95
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A Particularly Splendid and Hardy Lily-of-the-Nile

The blue-purple flowers make a stunning display atop 3-foot black stalks.
This clumping Lily-of-the-Nile boasts a unique combination of violet-blue flowers and tall black stalks. The showy blooms come on in summer, adding a stunning accent to the garden, container, or cutflower arrangement. A great choice for a larger planter, 'Black Buddha' actually flowers better when its roots are contained. Another benefit of growing this gorgeous Lily-of-the-Nile in a container is that you can bring it indoors for the winter, protecting it from the icy chill of winter.

This African Blue Lily is originally a native of South Africa and Madagascar, which unfortunately means that it is tender to the ravages of winter. Through cultivation in Europe this species has become a bit hardier, but 'Black Buddha' still appreciates a nice blanket of mulch in the winter. This bit of necessary winter maintenance will be well rewarded in the summer!

In July the black, strap-shaped foliage boasts large umbels of deep blue funnel-shaped flowers. When the sun shines on these stems, it only intensifies the color to a deep, royal purple. This variety of Agapanthus praecox blooms starting in July and finishing in August.

This Agapanthus grows up to 2 feet tall and wide (3 feet tall when in bloom). This Genus was named by the ancient Greeks; it's name comes from the words "agape" (unconditional love) and "anthos" (flower). And when you see the exotic, delicate beauty of these flowers, you will understand why!

Plant 'Black Buddha' in part- to full-sun in well-drained soil. This exotic plant actually tolerates drought and a broad variety of soils (acid to alkaline, sandy, and even clay soils), so long as the soil is very well-drained and not too cold. Zones 7 to 9.

Genus Agapanthus
Species praecox
Variety 'Black Buddha'
Item Form Bareroot
Zone 7 - 9
Bloom Season Mid Summer - Late Summer
Plant Height 24 in - 3 ft
Plant Width 24 in
Additional Characteristics Flower
Bloom Color Dark Blue, Dark Lavender, Light Purple
Foliage Color Black, Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Drought Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Containers, Cut Flowers, Houseplant
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii

The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!

It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.

And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.

The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.