African Lily (Agapanthus africanus)

Bulb
A. umbellatus. pro parte
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
African Lily
Agapanthus africanus
Alliaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    Cardiac, stomachic[61].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe[200], it can also be sown in a greenhouse in March/April[133]. The seed usually germinates in 1 – 3 months at 18¡c[133], do not sow it too thickly so that it is possible to grow the seedlings on in their pot without disturbing them for their first year of growth. Give occasional liquid feeds to make sure they do not become nutrient deficient. Divide the seedlings up into individual pots in the spring following germination, grow them on for a further year in the greenhouse and then plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Seedlings take 2 – 3 years to flower[133]. Division of offsets in April/May. Do not move plants between October and March[175]. Division is very easy in the growing season, the divisions can be planed straight out into their permanent positions if required.
Succeed in most soils[175], but prefers a light very well-drained porous soil with plenty of leaf-mold[1, 200]. Plants need to be kept moderately dry during the growing season but with moisture in winter[1]. They only flower freely if growing in a very sunny position[175]. Plants succeed in maritime gardens[233]. This species is not very hardy in Britain[1], but some forms of the plant tolerate several degrees of frost[200]. They are best given a good mulch if temperatures lower than 0¡c occur[200]. Plants are growing well at the foot of a wall in Cambridge Botanical Gardens[K]. Hybridizes very freely with other members of this genus, some botanists say there is only one very variable species of Agapanthus[200]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. The flowering stems lean towards the sun[175].
S. Africa.

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