Agapanthus or Lily of the Nile is a bulbous plant that blooms with large blue flowers.
This is a genus with 4 to 11 species, depending on the authors. Taxonomy is not yet well established.
It can be grown in a container as well as in the garden.
The plant grows about 1 m high but there are dwarf varieties.
It forms a bulb from which the leaves emerge, forming a tuft. They are long, green and flat, measuring up to 60 cm long.
The flowers grow in an pesudo-umbel on a scape of 30-120 cm. They are often blue but some varieties are white.
African Lily, Lily of the Nile
Agapanthus: from the Greek anthos (flower) and agape (love)
Fynbos, shrubland in South Africa, in rocky soil and with a Mediterranean climate
USDA zones 9-10-11
Nutritious, well drained
Keep the soil moist: if watered regularly, flowering is more abundant. The plant tolerates drought but will not bloom as much then.
Liquid universal fertilizer, once every 1-2 weeks during growing season, nothing in the winter
Most species are not hardy and have to be kept in a cool room (4-10 °C).
- Agapanthus flowers: Own work
- Agapanthus: Own work