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AGAPANTHUS TWISTER

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What sets Twister apart from other bicolour types of agapanthus that have appeared recently is that it is properly winter hardy; the substantial clump of strappy green leaves will die back or remain semi-evergreen depending on conditions. In mid to late summer sturdy stems arise topped by large round heads of flowers which are violet blue at the base shading to white at the tips of the petals. Very distinctive and very desirable. Full sun. Any reasonable soil. 3 to 4 feet. 9cm pot.

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Twister is probably one of the most highly anticipated and talked about agapanthus introduced in recent years. We recall one show we attended the year it became available in the UK and it was the plant everyone was asking for!

Twister has similarities in terms of style with the rather larger Agapanthus Queen Mum: it may not be as big and blowsy, but it is certainly a hardier plant, and we think it's just as attractive.

Twister is the result of a breeding programme led by Quinton Bean at De Wet Aloe Farm in Johannesburg, South Africa and is, for the technically minded, a second generation cross between siblings of a previous cross between the large evergreen Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis and the smaller and deciduous Agapanthus campanulatus. The initial breeding and selection took place from 2006 to 2008 but it was only in 2015 that the plant was patented and was launched on the market. It takes time, this plant breeding!

Care is straightforward. Remove old flowerheads as they go over and cut back withered foliage in early or late winter. A nice specimen for a big pot - agapanthus like their roots restricted to flower well and Twister is no exception, though it will do equally well planted in the border.

Agapanthus Twister is a hardy perennial with thick strappy leaves and round bicolor blue and white flowerheads in summer suitable for a sunny position.

  • Height 36 to 48 in (in flower)
  • Spread 24 in
  • Aspect Full sun
  • Soil type Any reasonable soil
  • Packing weight 1.5 kg

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AGAPANTHUS TWISTER

AGAPANTHUS TWISTER

What sets Twister apart from other bicolour types of agapanthus that have appeared recently is that it is properly winter hardy; the substantial clump of strappy green leaves will die back or remain semi-evergreen depending on conditions. In mid to late summer sturdy stems arise topped by large round heads of flowers which are violet blue at the base shading to white at the tips of the petals. Very distinctive and very desirable. Full sun. Any reasonable soil. 3 to 4 feet. 9cm pot.

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