Genus of bulbous plants, native to south Africa, that take their name from the Greek words for love "Agapi" and flower "Anthos". They feature oblong, leathery, green leaves and large spherical or umbrella-shaped inflorescences of small, funnel-shaped flowers in summer.
Latin name: Agapanthus "Castle of Mey"
They grow in full sun and in well-drained soils.
Use in groups, in rock gardens or in flowerpots. They make good cut flowers.
Plant the bulbs at a depth of more than 10 cm (4 inches). In cold climates, protect the plant rhizomes from frost damage by covering them with a protective layer (e.g straw) in winter.
Water regularly from mid-spring to summer and fertilize once a month. Do not water in autumn and winter.
Propagated by bulblets.
Variety with deep blue to violet flowers.