Agapanthus flowers

Agapanthus flowers

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.

Description:

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.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

African Lily, Lily of the Nile

Etymology:

Agapanthus: from the Greek anthos (flower) and agape (love)

Origin:

South Africa

Habitat:

Fynbos, shrubland in South Africa, in rocky soil and with a Mediterranean climate



Hardiness:

USDA zones 9-10-11

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Care:

Soil:

Nutritious, well drained

Exposure:

Sun

Water:

Keep the soil moist: if watered regularly, flowering is more abundant. The plant tolerates drought but will not bloom as much then.

Fertilizer:

Liquid universal fertilizer, once every 1-2 weeks during growing season, nothing in the winter

Temperature:

Most species are not hardy and have to be kept in a cool room (4-10 °C).

Propagation:

By division

Image sources

  • Agapanthus flowers: Own work
  • Agapanthus: Own work

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