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Agapanthus Africanus is a species of Agapanthus




Images of Agapanthus Africanus at google.com

Agapanthus Africanus is commonly known as the African lily is a species of Agapanthus.

Overview of Agapanthus Africanus

• It is a native of the Cape of Good Hope located in South Africa.
• It has a short stem.
• It bears a tuft of long and narrow, arching leaves.
• The leaves are about 10–35 cm long and 1–2 cm wide.
• The central flower stalk is about 25–60 cm in height.
• The stalk ends in an umbel of 20-30 blossoms.
• These blossoms are white or bright blue in color.
• They are funnel-shaped.
• They are about 2.5–5 cm in diameter.
• This species was introduced to Europe in the 17th century.
• It makes a good greenhouse plant.
• It is hardy outdoors.
• These plants are easy to cultivate.
• They are to be protected from frosts.

There are many cultivators like:
• Albus
• Sapphire
• Aureus
• Variegatus

Scientific Classification of Agapanthus Africanus

• Kingdom : Plantae
• Clade : Angiosperms
• Clade : Monocots
• Order : Asparagales
• Family : Amaryllidaceae
• Subfamily : Agapanthoideae
• Genus : Agapanthus
• Species : A. africanus
• Binomial name : Agapanthus africanus

Growing/Caring conditions

• Plant agapanthus bulbs in spring.
• Choose a right location.
• Plant grows well in USDA growing zones 9 to 11.
• Temperatures required are over 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Plant them outdoors.
• The location chosen should receive partial to full sun.
• The site should have well drained soil.
• Each planting location should be 3 feet of space apart.
• The soil in the outdoor location chooses should be dug 10 inches deep.
• Add 2 inches of quick-draining soil with 3 inches of organic compost.
• This will result in a rich, quick-draining foundation.
• This plant does not tolerate standing water.
• It requires rich soils.
• Fill the pot up to 3/4th level with a mixture of half of well draining potting soil and half organic compost.
• This will ensure the plants good drainage and nutrition.
• Plant at depths 2 times the length of the plant.
• The pointed ends should stand up.
• Provide every bulb with 18 to 24 inches of space.
• Pack the soil around to remove air pockets.
• Water every bulb with 10 inches of water.
• This will wet the entire bulb.
• Water 2 to 3 inches of water each week.
• Do not let these bulbs go dry.





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