Agapanthus praecox Willd.

Common Agapanthus, Blue Lily, Lily of the Nile

White flower

White flower


Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Agapanthus

Category: Perennial

Zones: 7 to 10

Size: To 40" tall

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Flowers are medium blue. Strap-like leaves, evergreen. 10 to 11 leaves per plant.

Subordinate taxa: 


Published in Enum. Pl. (Willdenow) 1: 353 in 1809.

Native to South Africa.

According to PlantzAfrica, most of the Agapanthus in cultivation today are from A. praecox and not Agapanthus africanus.


My Experience: 

4 plants taken from the garden in North Carolina. In 2010 1 bloomed white and the rest did not bloom at all. The 4 all bloomed white in 2011. The original purchase had been mostly blue plants and the ones that were brought from NC were the only surviving ones. Perhaps the white flowering plants were more hardy than the blue ones. I have one planted in the Octagonal Perennial Bed and 3 in the Around The Pool garden. In June 2012 I purchased a 3-gallon pot of a deep purple flowering cultivar, not named, and overwintered it in the conservatory, before planting in the Pool Lawn Border. It bloomed in 2014.

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