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

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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
Fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330Date: 2014-06-17
By Seedfork
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Location: zone 9Date: 2013-05-09Bloom stalk of the blue agapanthus
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Location: Zone 9 south LouisianaDate: 2020-05-01Beauties blooming all of April/May in our subd. park
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Date: 2018-08-11Charleston, S. C.
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Location: In Zuzu's gardenDate: 2013-07-19
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Location: In Zuzu's gardenDate: 2013-07-19
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Location: Los Angeles Arboretum, Arcadia, CaliforniaDate: 2007-07-16
By Kelli
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Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330Date: 2016-06-30
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Location: Washington
By Patty
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Location: zone 9Date: 2013-05-02bloom pod as it begins to open in spring
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Location: Our yard, DeLand, FLDate: 2017-02-14
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Location: Gilbert, AZDate: 4/21/17Blooms themselves still have to open.
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Location: Gilbert, AZDate: May 2017
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Location: My gardenDate: 2018-05-30
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Location: Houston, TexasDate: 2012-04-30
By jmorth
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Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330Date: 2014-06-17
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Location: Vander Veer Botanical Park - Davenport, IowaDate: 2008-07-04
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Location: Vander Veer Botanical Park - Davenport, IowaDate: 2008-07-04
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Location: Our yard, DeLand, FLDate: 2017-02-14
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-05-17
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Location: Houston, TexasDate: 2012-04-30
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Location: Houston, TexasDate: 2012-05-02
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Location: Houston, TexasDate: 2012-05-02
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Location: Our sunroom Hot Springs Village, ARDate: 2010-04-04
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Date: 2014-07-22
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Date: 2014-07-22
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Location: Botanical garden, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilDate: 2014-12-12
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Location: my garden Date: July 2015
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Location: my garden
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Location: my garden
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Location: my garden Date: 2016-04-22
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Location: my garden Date: 2016-04-25
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Location: my garden Date: 2016-05-26
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Location: Missouri Botanical Garden (Mobot) in St LouisDate: 2016-06-18
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-03-20Blooming in the basement .
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-03-20growing in the basement
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-05-17
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Posted by CindiKS (Wichita, Kansas - Zone 7a) on Apr 30, 2014 5:49 PM

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.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Oct 31, 2015 3:22 PM

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.

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piksihk On July 1, 2015 Bloomed
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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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Discussion Threads about this plant
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