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Blue African Lily, Agapanthus, African Lily or Lily of the Nile View Larger Image
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Also called Lily of the Nile, this plant is perfect for moist areas in shade. The stems rise about waist high, with vivid blue, rounded flower clusters. (Agapanthus)

Zones 7 - 10
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 32-36" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Bag of 3
SKU 1AGAP3
Agapanthus is one of the ancient plants with romantic common names. Most common is Lily of the Nile, or Blue African Lily, but the botanical name comes from the Greek word meaning love, so its also sometimes known as The Flower of Love.

Whatever you call it, you'll love it in your garden. Its a shade plant that demands moisture, but good drainage. The stems rise about waist high, and open vivid blue flower clusters that are rounded or globe-like, something like an Allium, but with a looser, softer look. Full bloom happens in mid and late summer. This plant is native to South Africa, so can take plenty of heat, as long as it has some shade and plenty of moisture.

SKU 1AGAP3
Common Name African Lily or Lily of the Nile
Botanical Name Agapanthus
Zones 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 32-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Attract Hummingbirds, Cut Flowers
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsAfrican Lily
 
2.9

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

58%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (3)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (4)
  • Outdoors (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (8)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

beautifull...

I leave in South Florida ( Z-10),I have two of them,keep the flowers for long time, just water and fertilizer, sandy soil, mulch, partial shade, a lot of...Read complete review

I leave in South Florida ( Z-10),I have two of them,keep the flowers for long time, just water and fertilizer, sandy soil, mulch, partial shade, a lot of heat, a new season start,(March) and I change the plants about 4 feet of the original location, responding very well,no signs of stress...I will buy more, those two were an experiment in my garden..works perfect...very little maintenance, no worries....

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Got two leaves only

I planted nine of these in different locations. All had ample filtered light and water and good soil. None of them produced more than two leaves. Anyone else have this experience this summer?

I planted nine of these in different locations. All had ample filtered light and water and good soil. None of them produced more than two leaves. Anyone else have this experience this summer?

Reviewed by 16 customers

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2.0

Very disappointed...

By 

from Jefferson City, MO

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Pros

    Cons

    • Did Not Grow

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

      This plant came as roots so I decided to start growing the roots in a peet pot and transplant to my garden after they started to grow. I used top grade potting soil, just a little fertlizer, kept the roots moist but not over watered and in shade. A few leaves came up so by late summer I planted the peet pots in my garden. So far there is no sign of them coming up and growing.

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      • Personal
       
      1.0

      Dispointing

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      from Sun prairie wi

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

          Planted all 3. Grew only about 6 inches with only couple of leaves and no flowers. Disappointing. Saw picture in Better Homes and Gardens. Thought they were beautiful

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          1.0

          2 survived, none bloomed

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          from san angelo texas

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          Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

          i kept this watered appropriately, leaves stayed small, never bloomed, even in cooler weather not growing only 2 survived

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          1.0

          arrived well but did not develope well

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          from Beaver Pa

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions

          Cons

          • Small In Size
          • Unattractive

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors

          Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

          did very poorly in a space I had grown them before
          developed 3 strap leaves about 8 inches long and never did any thing else. will dig and pot them and try indoors

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          • Personal
           
          5.0

          Lily of the Nile

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          from Oronogo, Mo

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          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Healthy

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

              I already have 2 pots full of Lily of the Nile. I was expecting something different from African Lily. Yours is still alive, so I will have 3 pots full of Lily of the Nile.

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              • Personal
               
              1.0

              Did not live

              By 

              from Hillsboro,Ohio

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Pros

              • Fragrant

              Cons

              • Flimsy

              Best Uses

              • Garden

              Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

              did not live

               
              3.0

              Requires more growing time

              By 

              from Conyers, GA

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              Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

              All six plants look healthy but still quite small. May be 2016 before I get to judge fairly. too soon to tell

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              • Personal
               
              5.0

              Blooming right now!

              By 

              from Westlake Village, CA

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Outdoors
                • Patio
                • Pool Area

                Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

                Very nice bulbs arrived with little shoots coming out. I planted them in two planters and kep the soil t well watered, part sun, part shade, and covered in moss. It took a full year, but we are seeing hardy plants with blooms just about to burst. Very excited!

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                5.0

                right plant in the right place

                By 

                from Hawaii 3000 ft elev.

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                Pros

                • Amazingly Resilient
                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • NO Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Outdoors
                • Patio
                • Pool Area

                Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

                This is an amazing plant given the proper environment.
                In California and Hawaii this is a go to choice for long borders
                or in large pots. It must have loose reasonably neutral 7.5 to acid 6.5 soil. Snails will walk a mile for this plant...they can hide deep in the leaves or under them.
                Ph is critical for most plants. Agapanthus will not do well in clay or alkaline soil. I think Allium is a better choice for colder zones.Very similar in appearance.

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                • Personal

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                I love these!

                By 

                from Bluffton, Indiana

                Pros

                • Beautiful flowers

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Pots - In The North

                  Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

                  I got these to use in pots - as I have had some in the ground(not from American Meadows)....One of the 3 bloomed this year, but they were just getting started...I'll store them - in the pot - in my heated basement this winter....and hopefully another year of root growth will make them be more prolific next summer.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Customer Service!

                  By 

                  from Oklahoma City

                  Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

                  I ordered a packet of three African Lilies. One of the plants didn't survive, and the other two did poorly. I reported this to American Meadows, and they refunded the purchase immediately. I will definitely do business with them again!

                   
                  5.0

                  Good value

                  By 

                  from Westlake Village, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Convenience
                  • Excellent Quality Plant
                  • price

                  Cons

                  • Takes Time To Grow

                  Best Uses

                  • Container

                  Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

                  I usually buy my plants, bulbs, rhizomes, and seeds through online shopping. I bought two pkgs. of these agapanthus and they have been great as container plants. I have them in either side of a bench under a shade tree in my backyard. As long as it has taken for them to sprout and grow, it has been a sheer delight to watch and anticipate the blossoms. These plants are some of my favorites and perfect for our Southern California weather.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  beautifull...

                  By 

                  from Boynton Beach, Florida

                  Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

                  I leave in South Florida ( Z-10),I have two of them,keep the flowers for long time, just water and fertilizer, sandy soil, mulch, partial shade, a lot of heat, a new season start,(March) and I change the plants about 4 feet of the original location, responding very well,no signs of stress...I will buy more, those two were an experiment in my garden..works perfect...very little maintenance, no worries....

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  2.0

                  Too soon to tell

                  By 

                  from Upstate, NY

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                  Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

                  Only got a few inches of foliage and no flowers the first year. Maybe next year?

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  never again

                  By 

                  from New Jersey

                  Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

                  I have had good bulbs in thae past from American Meadows. There were not! I have tried 2 years in a row with very skimpy growth, no flowers, and some no growth at all.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Got two leaves only

                  By 

                  from Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

                  Comments about American Meadows African Lily:

                  I planted nine of these in different locations. All had ample filtered light and water and good soil. None of them produced more than two leaves. Anyone else have this experience this summer?

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