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PlantFiles: Lily of the Nile
Agapanthus orientalis

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

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9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wasbloomin 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.

Neutral scc41 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!

Positive USCGWIFE 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.

Positive CodyMody7890 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


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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