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April 28 2010 at 2:25 AM
  (Login kathijr)
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Has anyone ever tried this plant for hummingbirds? I have always been intrigued by it, but of course, it's not hardy in Zone 4/5. Last week, I noticed a catalog that offered Agapanthus bulbs (a new item on the market) that are hardy to zone 5. Here's the Dave's Garden page on this plant with photos, etc.:


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Kathi and Michael Rock
Madison, Wisconsin
Zone 4/5
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(Login Pennytoo)
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Re: Agapanthus

April 28 2010, 6:06 AM 

I have seen it listed occasionally as a hummer plant but that is about all the info that I can provide.

Niagara Falls, NY
USDA hardiness zone 6a/6b
Heat zone 4
Sunset zone 39
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(Login Suchiek)
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Re: Agapanthus

April 28 2010, 6:37 AM 


I have a midnight blue agapanthus growing in between some shrub roses. The bloom season was very short for me, and it did not get much action. However, it is back this year and if anything happens, I'll let you know.



(Login seafire1)
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Re: Agapanthus

April 28 2010, 7:37 AM 


I totally understand the infatuation, I had a love affair with an Agapanthus Lili of the Nile once myself. They certainly LOOk like they should attract a hummer, I suppose its all about nectar content and I have no idea. Do it for yourself anyways. A bulb that over winters, hmmm

Matawan,NJ 6B
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(Login WardDa)
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Re: Agapanthus

April 28 2010, 9:26 AM 

I don't know either and I have heard conflicting reports. One that lived in a pot last year spent the winter on the porch and needs planting. We will see what happens.


(Login avorancher)
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Re: Agapanthus

April 28 2010, 11:03 AM 

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I have agapanthus in several locations. Blooms from mid-May until late July around here. Regular ones get huge, so I'm changing over to 'Peter Pan Blue' which is a dwarf variety that blooms around 18" and foliage stays around 8". Garden snails love them. I see an occasional Hummingbird use them, but not a favorite.

It is listed as full sun... but long hot CA days will burn them.

Farmer Steve
Deluz, CA usda zone 10a (between LA and San Diego)

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