The Agapanthus is also known as the African lily. There are only a limited number of Agapanthus varieties, most derived from A. africanus. The plant blooms in the summer with blue and white flowers. There are varieties that retain their leaves in winter (evergreen) and deciduous Agapanthus varieties. This latter group goes into the winter with no foliage, and is fairly hardy. The plant is very happy in containers and pots, so it would be delighted to brighten up your balcony.
The Agapanthus’ origin can be seeing from its name: A. africanus originates from South Africa, where it grows wild. The plants also grows extensively on Madeira. The Dutch East India Company brought the plants to the Netherlands from South Africa in the middle of the 17th century, like many other garden plants.
- Agapanthus symbolises love, so it brings a special touch to your patio.
- Agapanthus plants grow in large numbers in gardens, parks and outside hotels and restaurants in Portugal and on the Canary Islands. Many tourists therefore think - incorrectly - that the plant originates there.