African Lily (Agapanthus africanus)


African Lily

Agapanthus africanus

The Lily of the Nile or the African Lily, is a South African native and a super garden plant with bold texture and ornate colors that make it ideal for use in Southern California landscapes. Agapanthus africanus can grow showy rounded clusters of fragrant, blue, funnel-shaped flowers on top of long green stems and attract birds, butterflies and hummingbirds. This is a very low maintenance plant that fits well with a wide range of landscape styles. We love to plant them in beds and borders, for use in edging, and in mass plantings, where they can create a lush tropical effect. These are great accent plants that can add curb appeal and wonderful tropical color!

The African Lily thrives in full sun and can tolerate partial shade exposure. It has a moderate growth rate with low to moderate watering needs once established and can take mild drought conditions. They are also a great choice for the coastal areas, since they can tolerate windy and salty air. We recommend feeding them with our Super Charged Moon Juice before new growth begins.

These are a great addition to any backyard retreat, where they complement any poolside landscape. They are also a good choice for adding color into any urban landscape! With its striking blue flowers and clumping evergreen foliage, it’s easy to see why the African Lily is such a popular landscaping plant for our area. We love them too, and are happy to help you design your dream landscape and help you pick the perfect trees and plants that are grown right here in our huge nursery!

  • Common names include Lily of the Nile and African Lily
  • An evergreen perennial
  • Showy flowers bloom from late spring to early summer
  • Attracts butterflies, birds and hummingbirds
  • Virtually pest and disease free
  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Good container plant
  • Waterwise
  • Easy Care plant


Tropical shrub with grassy foliage

Clusters beautiful blue flowers on long stems

Grow in shade or partial sun in well drained garden soil