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African Lily

Agapanthus spp.

Also known as

African Blue Lily

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Half-hardy

8a-10a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1.5m

40cm

Min

30cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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African Lily Overview

Agapanthus is a family of perennial, summer-blooming plants, also known as African Lilies. They typically grow in bushy mounds and have vertical stems bearing umbels of tubular, trumpet or bell-shaped flowers. They range in colour from deep blue to purple, pink or white. Their leaves are long, arching and strap-shaped. Some of the 10 species of African Lilies (also known as the African Blue Lily) are evergreen and are the ones most likely to be seen in coastal areas. These are usually less hardy than their deciduous relatives. Native to Southern Africa, Agapanthus plants are some of its best-known garden plants. Any of its species make a striking floral display in summer, and they are popular as cut flowers. The seedheads - whether left on the plant or dried indoors - are often seen in dried flower arrangements. The African Lily is best grown in full sun and well-draining soil, in borders or containers. Its large clumps of bright or deep green foliage and swaying, colourful 'drumstick' flowers make a dramatic addition to just about any garden. Cold, wet winters are the main enemy of Agapanthus, so mulching in late autumn is a good idea.

Common problems with African Lily

How to harvest African Lily

Seeds to be harvested in autumn when the seed pods have dried out. Flower stalks may be cut for flower arrangements during summer months.

How to propagate African Lily

Rhizomes

Divide the tuberous rhizomes in winter when the plant is dormant.

Seed

Seeds must be sown fresh in the autumn, or if you are in an area where you receive below freezing temperatures keep the seeds cool in the fridge and sow in the spring.

Division

Divide clusters every four years in winter when the plant is dormant.

Special features of African Lily

Attractive flowers

Attractive clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers

Attracts useful insects

Attracts insects like bees and butterflies.

Drought resistant

This plant can withstand drought periods, as it fleshy rhizomes stores water reserves.

Pot plant

Grows well in large pots.

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