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Agapanthus Species, Bell Agapanthus, Lily of the Nile

Agapanthus campanulatus

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Agapanthus (ag-uh-PANTH-us) (Info)
Species: campanulatus (kam-pan-yoo-LAH-tus) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


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


Carlotta, California

San Luis Obispo, California

Upland, California

Brooksville, Florida

Fort White, Florida

Lake City, Florida

Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

Kentwood, Louisiana

Lexington, Massachusetts

Petal, Mississippi

Kure Beach, North Carolina

Coal Center, Pennsylvania

Sumter, South Carolina

Toone, Tennessee

Vonore, Tennessee

Houston, Texas

Kermit, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 8, 2010, 45eriepa from Lexington, MA wrote:

I have been growing Agapanthus campanulatus ssp campanulatus from Silverhill seed outside since 2006, during which it has experienced a minimum temperature of -2o F. It is in a fairly protected position to the south of the house; I do not mulch it heavily. It blooms (in July) and increases well, in fact I just dug up 5 divisions. It has also set viable seed. Yes, it has marvelous curiosity value, but above all it is an excellent garden plant.


On Jun 2, 2005, revlar from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Agapanthus is an easy to grow plant here in Central Florida and the long lasting flower is spectacular.


On Jan 18, 2005, pokerboy from Canberra,
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

I really like this particular agapanthus as it does not grow as big as many of the others. It makes quite a plesant border and like all agapanthus can be divided easily. pokerboy.


On Apr 18, 2003, celle from Grafton, WI wrote:

I grow this plant in pots indoors from Oct.-April then put the pots outdoors during the summer (zone 5). They bloom indoors sometime between March and April, but never bloom outdoors. My plants are severely rootbound and probably getting too large for their pots. I plan to divide them when they are finished blooming, but I am unsure of the ratio of plant to pot size. I would like to hear other's experience with growing this plant in pots.


On Aug 16, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A. campanulatus 'Headbourne' is arguably the hardiest of all the African lilies. The Headbourne variety is named for the Honourable Lewis Palmers garden at Headbourne Worthy near Winchester.


On Aug 14, 2001, eltel from Macclesfield, CHESHIRE (Zone 8a) wrote:

Agapanthus. Officially designated as a herb with thick fleshy roots, Agapanthus originates from South Africa. The predominant colour is blue, although white is also popular. Designated as Zone 7 (mostly) they do require lots of protection if grown outside in a north European or American Winter.