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Agapanthus africanus/Lily of the Nile


Rich blue flowers

Ground-covering mass

Close-up of floral head

Flowers and foliage

Late spring through early summer flowers

A large planting in coastal California

The cultivar 'Elaine'

A close view of the cultivar 'Elaine'

A very large flower head

A mass plantking at an entrance to a subdivision

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Scientific Name: Agapanthus africanus
Common Name: Lily of the Nile
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Blue
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
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Comments: Foliage killed by freezes. An excellent early summer flowering perennial. A popular choice for both ground beds that have a well drained soil and container plantings. Grow in full sunlight. Makes an excellent cutflower.