Name: Agapanthus, Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus)
Description: The Agapanthus is an herbaceous perennial, native to large parts of Africa and now naturalised in many temperate and sub-tropical regions of the world. It is cultivated for its striking flowers which bloom once a year and exist in many different shades.
Size: The main flower stalk will grow around 1.3 - 2 metres tall in the right environment, the pointy leaves reach around 60 cm.
Leaves and flower-heads.
Conditions:A. africanus enjoys well-watered and mulched soils and long sunlight hours. Its roots are fairly moisture-retentive and can help the plant through dry spells if they last not all too long.
Agapanthi basking in the sun.
Propagation: The Agapanthus can be easily propagated by dividing the bulbs before planting. It also propagates freely by seed.
Multiple different colours of flower-heads can occur in this species.
When to plant: If grown in warm temperate or sub-tropical and above climates, A. africanus can be planted all year around. In colder regions planting around mid-spring is recommended. It will lose its flower heads in mid-autumn and regain them again in spring.