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Agapanthus africanus Growing Guide

How to Grow African lily in your Garden

African lily

Agapanto azul (Agapanthus africanus photograph by mauroguanandi.


Quick Agapanthus africanus Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific name: Agapanthus africanus
  • Common Name: African lily
  • Growing Zone (USA): 9 to 10
  • Life Cycle/Type: Indoor Plant, Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 24 to 36
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 12 to 18
  • Time of Bloom: Late summer and early autumn
  • Color of Bloom: Blue
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Green
  • Growth Form: Irregular or sprawling, Spreading or horizontal, Upright or erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Average pace
  • Suitable Soil Types: Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Moisture:

Caring Conditions

  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Division every 3 to 4 years in spring
  • How to Prune: No need to cut down in the autumn, as the seedheads look attractive over winter
  • Pests: Usually pest free
  • Diseases: Usually pest free, some viral diseases

Further Information

  • Can Attact:
  • Tolerant of:
  • Best used in: Border, Container, Foundation, En masse , Specimen
  • Miscellaneous : Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers, Suitable for dried flowers, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Agapanthus
  • Further Reading: Here and Here



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Common Garden Species
Index – A

Alchemilla mollis
Aleurites moluccana
Allamanda cathartica
Allium aflatunense
Allium caeruleum
Allium giganteum
Allium Globemaster
Allium moly
Allium schoenoprasum
Alnus glutinosa
Aloe vera
Amaranthus retroflexus
Amaryllis belladonna
Ambrosia artemisiifolia
Amelanchier alnifolia
Amelanchier canadensis
Ammi majus
Anemone blanda
Anemone coronaria
Anemone hupehensis
Anemone sylvestris
Anethum graveolens
Annona reticulata
Anthurium andraeanum
Antirrhinum majus
Aquilegia vulgaris
Aralia elata
Araucaria araucana
Araucaria heterophylla
Arbutus unedo
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Argyranthemum frutescens
Armeria maritima
Aronia melanocarpa
Artemisia absinthium
Artemisia vulgaris
Arum italicum
Aruncus dioicus
Arundo donax
Asarum europaeum
Asclepias curassavica
Asclepias incarnata
Asclepias syriaca
Asclepias tuberosa
Asimina triloba
Asparagus densiflorus
Aspidistra elatior
Asplenium nidus
Astrantia major
Athyrium filix-femina
Aucuba japonica

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