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Family: ALLIACEAE 

 Agapanthus praecox
 
  
Author:  Carl Ludwig von Willdenow 1809
Family:  Alliaceae
Habitat:  West Southern Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  8 centimetres
Height:  80 centimetres
Flower:  Blue
Reproduction:  Seeds/Rhizomes
Pop names:  Common Agapanthus, Blue Lily
Synonyms:  Agapanthus umbellatus, Charles Louis L'Héritier de Brutelle 1792
 

The rhizomatous roots.

   This member of the Alliaceae family was described by Carl Ludwig von Willdenow in 1809. It is found in the western part of Southern Africa, growing in a well drained soil with lots of water and sun. The rhizomes will grow to eight centimetres in diameter, the leaves reach for 80 centimetres. The flowers are light blue, and the plant can be reproduced both by seeds and dividing of the rhizomes.

There are only six species in this genera: The evergreen A. africanus and A. praecox and four deciduous species i.e. A. campanulatus, A. caulescens, A. coddii and A. inapertus.

Name from Greek: Agapé = love and anthos = flower.