The Q&A Archives: lily-of-the-nile

Question: I don't know anything about the lily of the nile(agapanthus africians 'ellamae'). How long it blooms, does it die down in winter in zone 7, and can I order more?

Answer: Agapanthus, or Lily of the Nile, grows best in full sun, or at least morning sun. It flowers in summer and is considered semi-hardy - the roots will be injured below 28?F (-2?C). In zone 7 it should winter over in your garden, especially if you mulch over the top of soil around the plant. The tops will die down with the first freeze. It can grow in average garden soil as long as it drains well. Aside from exposure to 4-8 hours of direct sunshine, an annual feeding in spring, and pruning off of the spent flower stems, Lily of the Nile is relatively carefree.


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