Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus) in the Agapanthus Database

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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Agapanthus africanusAccepted
Agapanthus umbellatusSynonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 36 inches
Plant Spread: 24 - 36 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Glossy, straplike, linear, more or less upright.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Inflorescence Height: up to 4 feet
Foliage Mound Height: 3 feet
Underground structures: Rhizome
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: moderately warm
Days to germinate: 6 to 8 weeks
Can handle transplanting
Other info: sow seed soon after ripe
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: rhizomes
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Prefers to be under-potted
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant


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Posted by plantladylin (East Central Florida - Zone 9b) on Oct 7, 2011 6:40 PM

Lily of the Nile/African Lily is a native of South Africa and has become a popular garden plant around the world. The plant grows from bulbs and has a short stem with long and narrow arching leaves. During the summer months clusters of flowers are borne atop 18" to 24" tall scapes. I've grown both the blue and white varieties in the garden in full sun and partial shade, and I've also had success growing them in containers.

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Posted by OldGardener (So Cal - Zone 10b) on Jul 4, 2014 8:34 PM

Some of our agapanthus grow 3 feet tall with 4 to 5 foot blooms.

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Posted by dyzzypyxxy (Sarasota, Fl) on Aug 22, 2014 8:55 PM

I've had success growing Agapanthus in a very large pot here in Florida, but every time I have tried growing it in the ground it has petered out and died. The plant also likes to be crowded, and it blooms best when it has been in the same pot for years. After I divide or repot it, it pouts and does not bloom for at least a year. So lately I have cut out any old or unhealthy growth each spring and re-filled spaces in the old pot with new potting soil washed down into the root ball with the hose. A little timed-release fertilizer after the new soil is in, and that's about all the care it takes each year. Other than rain in the summer, it gets almost no supplemental water.

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