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Products > Agapanthus 'Grey Ghost'
Agapanthus 'Grey Ghost' - Gray Dwarf White Lily of the Nile

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Amaryllidaceae (Onions)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Parentage: (A. 'Peter Pan' seedling selection)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Agapanthus 'Grey Ghost' (Grey Ghost Dwarf Lily of the Nile) A small variety of Agapanthus that forms clumps to 12 inches tall of gray-green leaves with fine white striations and many flower stalks to 18 inches with uniform heads of white flowers that shed the flowers cleanly without forming seed, leaving attractive starburst umbels of narrow flower peduncles. As with other such agapanthus, 'Grey Ghost' tolerates near coastal conditions, moderate frost and neglect. Prefers full sun, but will tolerate light shade. Requires average irrigation in late spring and summer. Foliage hardy to about 25 degrees F. and root hardy below 15. Agapanthus 'Grey Ghost' is a plant that was found in 1983 in a block of Agapanthus 'Peter Pan' at Persson's Nursery in Pasadena by Blair Haynes of Shinglehouse Nursery & Design in Coos Bay. In a block of 50,000 plants he noted it was the only plant with creamy white foliage. While this foliage color is quite evident on plants growing at our location, Blair has since noted that it does not hold onto it in his cool coastal Oregon location but that it flowers heavier than most other plants called 'Peter Pan'. As noted on our Agapanthus 'Peter Pan' webpage, there was once a single named selection by Jimmy Giriidlian at his Oakhurst Gardens in 1949 called 'Peter Pan' but many nurseries wanting to more rapidly increase their stock began growing it from seed and likely this plant is one such 'Peter Pan' seedling. We thank Blair Haynes from providing us with our initial stock of this very nice plant.  The information about Agapanthus 'Grey Ghost' displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.