Ludwig von Willdenow, 1809
West South Africa
Agapanthus, Blue Lily
Agapanthus umbellatus, Charles Louis L'Héritier de
Agapanthus praecox subsp. minimus, F.M.Leight.
Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis,
This member of the
Alliaceae family was described by Carl Ludwig von Willdenow in 1809.
It is found in the western part of South Africa (and cultivated
widely worldwide) It is 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.
from Greek: Agapé
= love and anthos = flower. The species name means 'early',
as it flowers early in the spring.
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Alliaceae is now part of