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Care of the plant Agapanthus africanus or African lily.

Care of the plant Agapanthus africanus or African lily

The genus Agapanthus is classified in the Amaryllidaceae family and comprises 6-10 species of rhizomatous plants native to southern Africa. Some species are: Agapanthus africanus, Agapanthus inapertus, Agapanthus praecox, Agapanthus campanulatus.

Common names: African Tulip, African lily. This species is native to South Africa.

They are very resistant perennial herbaceous plants that are used in gardens to form attractive groups and to make bouquets and floral decorations.

The flowers appear in umbels of up to 40 blue or white flowers. They can reach almost 1 meter in height. They take 2 or 3 years to flower, but then they do it every year.

The soil has to be light, mixed with topsoil and sand to be permeable.

They need full sun exposure, although in very hot areas they prefer half shade.

Water frequently but not abundantly; they need heat and humidity. In areas where there is frost, it is advisable to dig up the rhizomes in winter.

It propagates by division of rhizomes in early spring.

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