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Lily of the Nile

Agapanthus orientalis

Family: Agapanthaceae
Genus: Agapanthus (ag-uh-PANTH-us) (Info)
Species: orientalis (or-ee-en-TAY-liss) (Info)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

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




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Phoenix, Arizona

Brentwood, California

Chico, California

Fontana, California

Glen Avon, California

Lincoln, California

Pasadena, California

Sacramento, California (2 reports)

San Francisco, California

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Umatilla, Florida

Clarkston, Georgia

Echo, Louisiana

Stonewall, Louisiana

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Reno, Nevada

Northfield, Ohio

Conway, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Cedar Park, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 25, 2014, wasbloomin from Echo, LA wrote:

Two plants were given to me by a neighbor. They didn't bloom for 3 years. Even though disappointed I left them alone because the foliage was a nice contrast to other plants. Then this past summer they burst into blooms (4 feet high!) I only hope they survive this very harsh winter.


On Mar 20, 2009, scc41 from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

The plants foliage is healthy and beautiful, but it hasn't bloomed in about a year. I just read that a lady in TX says hers blooms in mid-summer. I will give it 6 more months!


On Jul 22, 2008, USCGWIFE from Cedar Park, TX wrote:

I have a Lily of the Nile plant in 2 ft round diameter hollowed out part of my rock deck around my pond. It is 3 years old; gets full hot Texas sun and has bloomed each year. The blooms last approximatley 2 months (8 weeks) and are beautiful. The lily leaves are beautiful and full and the plant makes a wonderful addition to my pond landscaping. Watering of course is mandatory every other day or so in the heat when we have no rain. Our summers reach 100 degrees daily in June, July and August.I have many friends that want a piece of my plant by I am not sure how to divide it.


On Jun 14, 2007, CodyMody7890 from Reno, NV (Zone 6a) wrote:

Huge plant for 16 dollars at Lowes very healthy and hardy during winter i put a bucket filled with mulch and * WATER* twice every month it preserves the roots DURING WINTER local nursery also sells them and says they should be hardy with protection from wind and cold