African lily

Agapanthus | Also known as: Lily of the Nile | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

A collection of South African sub-species - Do not leave out in the cold!

The Agapanthus hails from South Africa, and is the family name for a huge range of sub-species. The flowers are generally shades of purple and blue, and are striking in appearance. These bloom during the summer months, and depending on the ones you choose can also be found with flowers of pink or white. A great choice for growing in containers, and being somewhat of a sun worshipper (naturally, being as they come from the glorious South African climate) best thrive in a sunny position in the garden.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.4 - 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Blue
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Erect flower stem
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Varies
Heat zone
  • Varies
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • City
  • Mediterranean garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Cut flowers
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years