Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus) African Lily


As Agapanthus africanus (L.) Hoffmanns. 1824, commonly called Lily of the Nile, African Lily or Blue Agapanthus is a member of the Amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae), it`s not a lily (lily family (Liliaceae).

Agapanthus is the only genus in the Amaryllidaceae subfamily Agapanthoideae and contains just about 11 species. Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus) is the type species for the genus. The African Lily has been primarly classified by the father of modern taxonomy Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778) as Crinum africanum L. 1753, but has been changed later on several times. The Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus) is native to South America and can reach a height up to about 1 meter. The perennial, tropical plant requires full sun - semi-shade and a moist, well drained, light sandy soil. Flowering period: May - September.

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Image: Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus)

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