Blue Lily, African Lily, Bloulelie, Agapant (Afr.), Isicakathi (Xhosa), Ubani (Zulu)
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Agapanthus praecox is a popular blue or white flowering evergreen perennial with ribbon-like leaves. Well placed in borders and on mass for a striking visual display. Probably the most cultivated flower, found in gardens across South Africa. Hardy and waterwise with a thick rhizome to carry through droughts. Easy to grow, but must receive some water in summer to thrive. The long stems give rise to blue or white balls of flowers, these are often used as cut flowers. It can grow in full sun to partial shade, but with less light will likely produce fewer flowers, especially in more shady areas. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Western Cape.
Harvest seeds after flowering (when the capsules have dried out). Cut flower stalks during flowering for a beautiful display in a vase.
Sow seeds in autumn. Sowing depth should be 1.5 times deeper than the size of the seed. Germination time between 2-3 weeks.
The best time to lift and divide agapanthus is Autumn after they have finished flowering. Evergreen varieties should be divided once every four years to continue producing good flowers.
Divide the tuberous rhizomes in winter when the plant is dormant.
Attracts useful insects
Attract insescts including bees and butterflies.
Attract insect eating birds and nectar-loving birds.
Popular pot plant
This species can withstand drought periods, as it fleshy rhizomes stores water reserves.
Western and Eastern Cape of South Africa.
Medium to high rainfall regions (500-2000mm per year).
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Sand, Chalk, Clay
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Alkaline, Acid
Purple, Blue, White