Lily of the Nile

 

Lily of the Nile

Common names:  Lily of the Nile, African lily
Botanical names: Agapanthus praecox
General information: Tender evergreen perennial. Works well as a border. Originated in Africa.

Characteristics
Size: 
8 inches to 3 feet in height

Flowers: Blue, light purple or white
Bloom time: Spring and summer
Leaves: Long dark green blades

Pests and Disease Problems: None known

Growing in North Texas
Plant in neutral pH soil spaced 3-4 feet apart in full to partial sun. Plant appreciates protection from late afternoon summer sun. Make sure soil is well drained. Water well until established. Add mulch near plant to maintain soil temperature and moisture. Can be propagated by seed or division.

References:
Texas AgriLife Extension:

 http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals

North Carolina State University Website
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/factsheets/bulbs-summer/agapanthus.html

University of Florida extension service
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp018

Neil Sperry’s Complete Guide to Texas Gardening, Taylor Trade Publishing, 1991, page 241.

Keywords (tags) flower, perennial, evergreen

2 Responses to Lily of the Nile

  1. alternatingcurrents says:

    Thank you for the comment about Lily of the Nile. You are correct, this plant can take sun, although some of our gardeners found it was okay with some afternoon shade, especially in the hottest part of the summer.

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