Agapanthus is the the only genus in the subfamily Agapanthoideae of the flowering plant family Amaryllidaceae, and is commonly known as Lily of the Nile or African lily. The name agapanthus comes from the Greek: αγάπη (agape – love), άνθος (anthos – flower). Originally from Southern Africa, they have now become naturalised all over the world.
With their robust structure, elegant lines and beautiful colour, agapanthus make a great addition to garden borders or in pots along a garden path. They are surprisingly low maintenance, drought tolerant and cope well with salty sea air, hence their profusion on the Isles of Scilly.
How to look after your agapanthus:
Plant Agapanthus in a sunny, warm, well-drained position, perhaps beside a south facing wall with some general purpose fertiliser.
Agapanthus grow well in large pots or tubs and flower during July/August. Plant during the summer.
Agapanthus do not like frosts so protect outdoor plants with fleece or garden debris. Should a winter frost be likely, agapanthus planted in containers can be moved indoors during the coldest months.