African Lily (Agapanthus africanus), also known as Lily-of-the-Nile, is native to South Africa It is an evergreen species that produces rounded clusters of blue, funnel-shaped flowers atop stiff, upright, leafless, fleshy stalks typically rising 18-24″ tall above a dense mound of basal narrow, strap-shaped, linear, grass-like leaves.
In the Garden
Landscape Uses: Border, Container, Foundation, Massing, Specimen.
- Blooms in summer.
- Foliage mounds are attractive when plants are not in bloom.
- Attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.
Caring & Growing
Although it may be planted in the ground in the warm winter climates of USDA Zones 8-10, it is best grown in tubs or containers.
USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 – 11
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. Flower much more freely if growing in a very sunny position.
Suitable for light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils that is very well-drained. Prefer light porous soil with plenty of leaf-mold. Can tolerate maritime exposure.
Needs regular water – weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Frequency may be reduced once established.
Flower regularly if fed with a slow release fertiliser.
Site containers in locations with afternoon shade. In fall prior to the first frost, remove containers to a bright, frost-free location for overwintering. Provide very limited water in winter (just enough to keep leaves from drying/wilting). Return containers outdoors in spring.