Pronunciation: (ag-a-pan-thes)
Family: Lily of the Nile, African Lily, AMARYLLIDACEAE

An elderly gardening friend of mine enjoyed for years the incursions of small boys looking for lost tennis balls on his demesne. ‘Beware the agapanthers’ he would roar from the bushes, and then chuckle as the youngsters made off over the nearest fence.

But the only thing these gentle summer flowers have in common with the black carnivores is Africa their place of origin. Agapanthus are world favourites for their striking starbursts of blue or white midsummer blooms.

Extremely tough, they enjoy full sun, will grow in any soil with regular water. Common species grow to 1m/3ft, but there are dwarves too.

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