African blue lily (Agapanthus africanus)
Agapanthus africanus (African blue lily or Lily of the Nile) has the way of the mountain. It is a herbaceous, rhizomatous plant tolerant to low winter temperatures. In the spring, it presents us with beautiful and globular inflorescences with numerous white, lilac or blue flowers, depending on the variety. The inflorescences are very durable and have very long stems making them excellent for use as a cut flower to create floral arrangements. The leaves are long, laminar dark green in color, so that even when they are without flowers, their foliage is very beautiful.
Plant profileCommon name: African blue lily, Lily of the Nile
Scientific name: Agapanthus africanus
Plant type: Perennials
Height: 50cm - 1.5m
Spread: 50cm - 1.5m
Foliage color: Green
Flower color: Blue
Sunlight: Full Sun
Moisture: Moist but well drained, Well drained
Garden type: City & Courtyard Gardens, Informal Garden
Planting type: Containers & Pots, Cut Flowers, Flower borders and bedding, Low Maintenance
In landscaping, the African blue lily is ideal for massifs and borders in full sun positions. It is an excellent plant for embroidering the lower part of walls. It is very rustic, resistant to diseases and very low maintenance. May be attacked by snails and slugs.
How to plant
It should be planted in full sun, in fertile soil, rich in organic matter and with regular watering. It resists cold, frost and drought in short periods. Annual fertilization at the end of the winter stimulate intense flowering.
How to propagate agapanthus
Agapanthus are propagated by the division in spring or in early autumn, after plants have finished flowering, or by seed. Sow at 13-18ºC in spring and let the seedlings grow in the container for a full year. Replant the next spring. They may need 3 years to produce flowers.