Common Agapanthus Overview
Agapanthus praecox is a popular blue or white flowering perennial from the Amaryllidaceae family. It forms ribbon-like leaves and is well placed in borders and 'en masse' for a striking visual display. Probably one of the the most cultivated flowers - frequently found in all types of gardens - in South Africa, it may be evergreen or deciduous, depending on where it's grown. This plant is considered fairly hardy and waterwise (drought resistant) with a thick rhizome to carry it through droughts. Known also as African Lily, Common Agapanthus or Blue Lily, Agapanthus praecox is easy to grow, but must get at least a small amount of water in summer to thrive. The long stems give rise to blue or white balls of flowers, which are often used as cut flowers. It prefers full sun, but with less light it will likely produce fewer flowers, especially in more shady areas. It needs a sheltered position - away from cold winds and rain - to thrive.