Lily of the Nile, African Lily
Agapanthus 'Ellamae'

Family: Agapanthaceae
Genus: Agapanthus (ag-uh-PANTH-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Ellamae
Additional cultivar information:(aka Ella Mae)




Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Unknown - Tell us


USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Dark Blue


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall





Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Capistrano Beach, California

Wildomar, California

Crawfordville, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Greenwood, Louisiana

Logansport, Louisiana

Concord, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Prosperity, South Carolina

Houston, Texas

Willis, Texas

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 23, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have enjoyed my aggy for several years now, it was getting crowded and shaded too much by surrounding plants getting more mature. I hope that it survives its move to a more open location, I did not split as to add to its shocking situation. It has never ceased to amaze even in the adverse weather conditions we have had here, hoping it is Bulletproof with the new move.


On Jul 21, 2006, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Large and vigorous Lily-of-the-Nile that forms a clump of green strap-like leaves topped with blue-violet flower heads on tall stems in summer. Good container plant in colder areas, yearly color accent in outdoor beds where winters are more mild. Foliage 3 feet high and wide, flower stalks to 66 inches. Drought tolerant once established. Full sun. Evergreen.