Agapanthus (African Lily; Lily of the Nile)

Agapanthus is a genus composed of about 10 species of perennials in the family Amaryllidaceae, native to southern Africa.
The plant has round clusters of showy, brightly colored, funnel-shaped flowers on its tall and slender stem. Some species have thick strap-like foliage, while others have grass-like leaves. Agapanthus is also known as the African Lily or Lily of the Nile. It’s also been called the Flower of Love.

Name meaning

The genus name was derived from the Greek words “agape” (“love”) and “anthos” (“flower”), translating as the “flower of love” or “lovely flower”.

Some species are commonly known as “African Lily” or “Lily of the Nile”, even though these plants are not lilies.

Agapanthus symbolism

Agapanthus is a symbol of love.

It can also symbolize fertility, purity and beauty.

Interesting facts about Agapanthus

Benefits and Uses

Agapanthus is a magical and medicinal plant.
The flowers are worn as a protection against thunderstorms. They are also worn by women to provide strength and boost fertility. The plant is known as an aphrodisiac in Africa.
Agapanthus has been used for various medicinal purposes. The plant is useful for the treatment of coughs, colds, chest pains, heart diseases and paralysis.

The flowers are great as cut flowers and will last for up to 10 days in a vase of water.

Agapanthus Plant Data