Agapanthus praecox Willd. var. variegatus

See Agapanthus praecox Willd. for a discussion of the species.   Macarthur’s ‘f. var.’ is probably a foliage variant of the species. Such a plant was described by Allen as less vigorous than the species, its leaves being less broad and long than the type and almost pure white with a few green bands and delicate blue flowers. [Allen, RHSD, Hortus]. Macarthur’s plant is possibly the variety listed by Steudel in 1840 as Agapanthus variegatus Hort., considered by him to be a form of A. umbellatus [Nomencl. Bot. – Steudel vol.1, p.33/1840]. Although Macarthur was obviously familiar with a foliar variety the only reference I have found to such a plant in the contemporary literature is the brief mention by Steudel. Today there are many variegated garden forms.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.21/1843].


Published Dec 29, 2009 - 05:16 PM | Last updated Mar 21, 2011 - 02:24 PM

More details about Agapanthus praecox Willd. var. variegatus
Family Agapanthaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

  • Agapanthus umbellatus L’Hér. variegata 
Common Name

Variegated African blue lily, Variegated love flower

Name in the Camden Park Record

Agapanthus umbellatus f. var 

Confidence level medium