Blue Yonder Lily of the Nile

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Elegant and Exquisite Blue Yonder Lily of the Nile

  • Brilliant Blue-Purple Florets
  • Clusters Stand on Strong Stems
  • Gorgeous Green Strapped Foliage
  • Delightfully Fragrant
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Gets Better With Age
  • Increased Cold Hardiness
  • Great for Mass Plantings
  • Creates Texture in Gardens
  • Lovely Container Plants

While the name would lead you to believe it's native to the regions around the Nile River, Blue Yonder Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus 'Blue Yonder') is actually from areas around South Africa.

It makes quite a bit more sense for this perennial to go by its other name, Blue Yonder African Lily. However, we weren't in the official Name That Plant meeting, so we'll stick with the Nile.

The color of this pretty flower will have you thinking about the cool, running water of a river. Each dainty floret is a graceful blue-purple combination. Altogether, it creates showy clusters of intense cobalt blue star flowers

These flower clusters form on top of sturdy stems that rise from the delightful narrow green strap leaves. It might be a delicate perennial, but it's worth the trouble as the plants begin blooming in late spring and continue to produce flowers into fall!

Blue Yonder gets better with age! Each year, it will produce more and more blooms per plant. Plus, this particular type of African Lily is more winter hardy than the average Agapanthus. So colder regions can enjoy the beautiful blue show.

Like other flowers with trumpet type blooms, Blue Yonder will periodically attract hummingbirds, along with the usual butterflies and other beneficial pollinators. Make sure you keep an eye out during peak bloom season!

Another perk this perennial offers is its fantastic fragrance! Planting a couple along your front path will put a smile on your guest's face before ever stepping in your home!

This is one plant you aren't going to want to miss. Fragrant, beautiful, and cold hardy, order a Blue Yonder Lily of the Nile today!

How to Use Blue Yonder Lily of the Nile in the Landscape

There are the classic uses for a stunning plant like this, and then there are the creative, thinking outside the box, uses. We're here for both of them!

Order a few and use them as periodic accents in your perennial flower beds. When in bloom, the flowers will be the perfect height to peak up behind front row plants without overshadowing the taller, back row plants.

This same principle applies to any cottage gardens you're in the process of perfecting. These unique flowers will fit right into even the quirkiest aesthetics.

If your flower beds are already spoken for, you can always plant Blue Yonder as a border specimen. Mix it with other colored perennials to catch the eyes of your neighbors passing by.

Due to the low to the ground green foliage and the shooting stems, planting this African Lily will for sure give you that little bit of extra texture you've been looking for!

Don't forget, Blue Yonder is extra fragrant as well. So try planting under a window or near your front and backyard pathways, where the sweet scent can lighten up your home and leisurely stroll.

Do you have a larger space to fill? Blue Yonder creates a powerful display when planted in mass!

If you live in the colder regions of this plant's hardiness zones, try planting in containers on either side of your entryway. That way you can overwinter them by moving them to a protected area like the garage.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Blue Yonder Lily of the Nile is sometimes considered a rather delicate perennial. But it's easy enough to take care of with the right knowledge.

The most important thing to consider when planting is the amount of light it will get and the soil it will be in. Full sun and rich, well drained soil are by far the best for this perennial, and in the warmer zones these plants will appreciate some midday reprieve from the sun.

If you live in zone 5, you might try planting in a container so that you can move into a porch or garage for the worst of winter. Then, in the early spring, you can move it back outside for its growing season.

It's always a good idea to mulch around the base of your plants. It'll help protect the roots from the worst of the heat and the cold. Not to mention it'll conserve water and keep the garden looking prim and proper.

Very little beats a mass of heavenly Blue Yonder Lily of the Nile. Don't go another season without, order yours from Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Blue Yonder Lily of the Nile Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-11
Growing Zones 6-11
More Information
Brand Plants That Work
Botanical Name Agapanthus 'Blue Wonder'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes