The Main Plant entry for Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Lily of the Nile
  • African Lily

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  • Posted by CindiKS (Wichita, Kansas - Zone 7a) on Apr 30, 2014 5:49 PM concerning plant:
    Here's a summary of info from an agapanthus question on the "Ask a Question" forum:
    Agapanthus bloom best if they get full sun and adequate water. After they are well established, they are fairly tolerant of drought and high temperatures. They do like to be root bound, whether in a pot or in the ground. It does not like to be divided or moved, and will sulk for a year after a move.
    Wait until they are almost busting the pot before you move them up, and you'll get more blooms from them.
    I have found some are hardy in my zone 6 garden in the ground if planted up next to the house and kept dry in the winter.
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Oct 31, 2015 3:22 PM concerning plant:
    Agapanthus, commonly known as "Lily of the Nile," has nothing to do with the River Nile. It is also known as "Lily of the Freeway," especially in California, where masses of them have been planted along state highways and in median strips.
    It originated in Cape Province of South Africa. Its Latin name is derived from the Greek root word for love "agape."
    Flowers are borne as globular clusters arising on bare stems over strap-shaped foliage. They mostly flower in blue or white during the summer. Many do well in containers, especially dwarf varieties. Those in containers can be grown indoors. Usually trouble free.
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On May 10, 2020 Bloomed
Round bed
piksihk On May 20, 2018 Bloomed
piksihk On April 26, 2017 Bloomed
piksihk On April 24, 2016 Bloomed
HW; both blue and white
piksihk On April 17, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
piksihk On July 1, 2015 Bloomed
piksihk On June 26, 2015 Obtained plant
HW - several clumps around the yard
Seedfork On March 16, 2015 Plant emerged
Plant just starting to emerge for spring from being dormant all winter
LizDTM On May 3, 2017 Bloomed
LizDTM On March 11, 2017 Transplanted
So rootbound that I had to cut the pot off of it.
LizDTM On March 9, 2017 Obtained plant
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