The strap-like leaves of the Agapanthus plant form a thick scrubby base. It flowers in summer, with cut Agapanthus usually available from November to February. The Agapanthus, also known as the Lily of the Nile or the African lily, is native to South Africa. Agapanthus grows on incredibly tall slender green stems, known as ‘scapes ’, with no foliage. The head of the Agapanthus, called the ‘cymes’ or ‘umbel’, is an explosion of hundreds of miniature funnel shaped flowers and flower buds, which can be in either purple, blue or white.
The name ‘Agapanthus’ comes from the Greek, meaning the flower of love. Florists find the blue Agapanthus useful in baby boy arrangements, as the color is quite rare in the world of flowers. Agapanthus is frequently used in traditional, ‘cottage’ arrangements. The Agapanthus is a common garden plant, easily grown even in coastal areas – especially if the plant is well watered.