Hybridized by the Brisbane-area plant breeders at Pine Mountain Nursery, Agapanthus ‘PMN06’ is better known by its commercial name, Agapanthus QUEEN MUM™. The goal with the breeding program was to generate an Agapanthus flower with bicoloured blue-and-white tepals.
Other stand-out qualities of Agapanthus ‘PMN06’ are robustness (plants can grow to 1.5m (5 ft.) in height) and low seed-set. The latter is desirable as some species of Agapanthus have invasive or weedy status in some jurisdictions. Hybridized taxa have not yet been identified as having invasive potential; in fact, this cultivar is even being marketed as “the safer & more beautiful Agapanthus“. As noted above, Agapanthus ‘PMN06’ is sold under the name Agapanthus QUEEN MUM™; it will survive outside to at least USDA Hardiness Zone 8 (one reference suggests even colder, as long as care is taken to seasonally mulch).
Local plant enthusiasts (and many others) are getting excited about the forthcoming corpse flower / titan arum blooming event at the Bloedel Conservatory (instagram). After what promises to be a jam-packed conservatory accompanied by a powerful smell, I am also looking forward to spending some quiet time with Agapanthus ‘PMN06’ here at UBC. It is also set to start blooming in the next few days, and will last longer than the arum’s 48 hours. Visitors can see it near the entrance to the garden’s shop.