In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Agapanthus plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.
The common names for members of the Half Hardy perennial Agapanthus Plant Genus include African Lily, Blue African lily, and Lily of the Nile.
They typically flower in the summer.
J.S. Peterson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Agapanthus plants can have stalks from 60 to 120 cm (two to four feet) in height. The African lily has funnel shaped white or blue flowers, and thick strap like leaves.
Agapanthus blue giant photograph by IrisDragon
It is best to sow African Lilies and Lily of the Nile plant seeds just below the soil surface. Bury bulbs at a depth of 5 cm (2 inches).
Ideally locate or transplant with a spacing of 45 to 60 cm (18 to 24 inches).
Do this after the last frost of spring.
African lilies prefer light shade or full sunlight. The soil should be well drained and moist.
Agapanthus species require between 20 days and 90 days to germinate.
If first growing Agapanthus indoors then they should be sown in an area that is at a temperature of 15 to 21°C (59 to 70°F).
Agapanthus - Lily of The Nile Plant by Sue Hasker
Agapanthus care is pretty easy as the Lily of the Nile Plant and Blue African lilies are fairly easy to care for.
They require regular watering, and should be fertilised every couple of weeks whilst growing.
When grown from seed African lilies may take as long as four years of growth before they flower.
The plants should be deadheaded, to maintain yearly healthy blooming.
The Agapanthus genus contains about 10 species.
Yes, Agapanthus, known as African Lily, is popular in gardens for its striking blue or white flowers and is great for borders.
Agapanthus africanus and Agapanthus praecox are commonly grown by gardeners.
Some Agapanthus varieties have a light, sweet fragrance.
Agapanthus prefers a sunny location with well-drained soil. It can also tolerate coastal conditions.
Agapanthus is not generally considered invasive in the USA.
Removal can be done by digging up the entire plant, including the deep roots.
The Agastache genus contains about 22 species.
The Agapanthus genus, known as Lily of the Nile, includes perennial plants with showy blue or white flower clusters. Native to southern Africa, Agapanthus plants thrive in well-drained soil and full sun exposure. They are drought-tolerant and withstand coastal conditions. Regular watering during the growing season is essential. Propagation can be done through division or seeds. Agapanthus species are used in borders, containers, and as focal points, adding elegance and beauty to garden designs.
Agapanthus plants bring elegance and grace with their striking flower clusters. The vibrant blooms create a captivating display, brightening up landscapes. The tall stems add vertical interest, while strap-like leaves provide an attractive foliage backdrop. Agapanthus is a valuable addition to any garden, adding a touch of sophistication and beauty.
Also see the How to grow How to grow Agapanthus africanus species specific garden plant growing guide. You may also be intersted in other lilies such as Paradise lily, Crinum plants, and Gloriosa-lily.