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Cape Agapanthus

Agapanthus africanus

Also known as

Dwarf Agapanthus, Blue-Lily, Lily Of The Nile, Lily-Of-The-Nile, Fynbos Agapanthus, Lily-of-the-Nile, African lily

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Cape Agapanthus Overview

Agapanthus africanus is an evergreen, clump-forming perennial, bearing umbels of trumpet-shaped deep blue flowers on long stalks, in summer. Its leaves are narrow, erect and strap-like. One of the smaller agapanthus species, it is native to South Africa where fire or fire smoke is said to stimulate profuse flowering. Also known as the Cape Agapanthus, amongst other names, Agapanthus africanus likes moist, well-drained soil and a sunny position. It needs a sheltered position - away from cold winds and rain - to thrive. A white cultivar - Agapanthus 'Albus' - is also available.

Common problems with Cape Agapanthus

Cape Agapanthus Companion Plants

How to harvest Cape Agapanthus

Harvest seeds after flowering (when the capsules have dried out). Cut flower stalks during flower for a beautiful display in a vase.

How to propagate Cape Agapanthus


Sowing time during autumn - and sow 1.5 times deeper than the seed size. Germination time is less than 2 months.


The best time to lift and divide agapanthus is late March after they have finished flowering. Evergreen varieties should be divided once every four years.


Lift and divide the rhizomes after flowering in autumn.

Special features of Cape Agapanthus

Attracts useful insects

Attract insects like bees and butterflies.

Attracts birds

Nectar-loving birds visit as well as insect-eating birds that feast on the pollinators!

Pot plant

Easily grows in a good sized pot.

Attractive flowers

Drought resistant

Rhizomes serve to be a valuable water store in dry times.

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Other uses of Cape Agapanthus

Pretty low growing Agapanthus plant to use as edging to borders. A versatile plant which suits a range of sites from urban city courtyards to informal coastal gardens in containers or wall-side borders.

Perennials | Indigenous

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