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Agapanthus africanus

Lily of the Nile

Lily Of The Nile, African Lily
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Scientific Name Agapanthus africanus
Principal Common Name Lily of the Nile
Common Name(s) Lily of the Nile, African Lily
Synonym A. umbellatus
Description A. africanus is an evergreen species that produces rounded clusters (umbels) of blue, funnel-shaped flowers atop stiff, upright, leafless, fleshy stalks (scapes) typically rising 18-24" tall above a dense mound of basal narrow, strap-shaped, linear, grass-like leaves. Blooms in summer. Foliage mounds are attractive when plants are not in bloom.
General Comments Both subspecies of Agapanthus africanus are difficult to grow. A africanus subspecies africanus is not suitable as a garden plant except in rockeries. They are best grown in containers in a well drained, slightly acid sandy mix and appear happiest if pot bound. They seem to grow best in shallow containers and will flower regularly if fed with a slow release fertiliser. nurserymen confuse Agapanthus africanus with Agapanthus praecox, which is a popular, easily grown species. Any Agapanthus referred to as 'africanus' in the nursery trade is almost certainly Agapanthus orientalis.
Nativity South Africa
Height Range 24 - 36 IN
Spread Range 24 - 36 IN
Flower Showy Y
Sunset Zones 6 : 7 : 8 : 9 : 12 : 13 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17 : 18 : 19 : 20 : 21 : 22 : 23 : 24
USDA Zones 8a : 8b : 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b : 11
Leaf Color Dark Green
Leaf Texture Sword-like : Thick
Form Bulb
Flower Color Blue
Flower Time Spring : Summer
Ease of Growing Difficult
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun)
Soil Preferences Alkaline : Rocky : Sandy : Well-drained
Watering Preferences Medium
Outstanding Features Attracts Bees : Attracts Birds : Attracts Butterflies : Color : Container Plant

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