Agapanthus praecox subsp. minimus
Vascular – Exotic
Clump-forming perennial. Strap-like leaves shorter than in subsp. praecox, leathery, arching, arising from base in clumps up to 20, sap watery. Flowers smaller and paler than in subsp. orientalis, in many-flowered umbrella-shaped clusters (Oct)-Dec-March, and it appears to flower over a longer period of the year.
Similar to A. praecox subsp. praecox but, to date, much less invasive in NZ. Drought tolerant, best flowering in full sun. Is proving popular with gardeners for its smaller and ‘tidier’ growth habits than subsp. praecox.
Spreads from planted specimens, but as at 2016, rather sparingly
Clump division; seed
Reason for introduction
agapanthus: From the Greek agap, meaning ‘love’, and anthos, meaning ‘flower’, translating broadly as the flower of love.
minimus: Smallest (rather a misnomer)