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Rs. 99.00
Common name:
Lily Of The Nile, African Lily
Regional name:
Marathi - Agapanthus Lily
Lilies & Bulbous plants, Groundcovers
Liliaceae or Lily family

I. Overview

Agapanthus Africanus, also known as African Lily or Lily of the Nile, is a popular flowering plant native to South Africa. With its vibrant blue or white flowers and lush green foliage, it makes for an attractive addition to gardens, patios, and landscapes.

II. Plantation

  1. Soil: Agapanthus Africanus prefers well-draining, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0.
  2. Sunlight: Plant in a location with full sun or partial shade, ideally receiving at least 6 hours of sunlight daily.
  3. Spacing: Space plants 18-24 inches apart to allow for proper growth and air circulation.
  4. Watering: Water regularly during the growing season, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.

III. Growing

  1. Climate: This plant thrives in USDA hardiness zones 8-11 but can be grown as an annual or in containers in cooler climates.
  2. Propagation: Propagate by division of established clumps or by sowing seeds in early spring.
  3. Fertilization: Apply a balanced fertilizer in spring and again in mid-summer to encourage healthy growth and abundant blooms.
  4. Pest and Disease Control: Keep an eye out for pests such as aphids and snails, and treat accordingly.

IV. Care

  1. Pruning: Deadhead spent flowers to encourage reblooming and maintain a tidy appearance.
  2. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
  3. Winter Care: In cooler climates, protect the plant's roots by mulching heavily or moving container-grown plants indoors.

V. Benefits

  1. Aesthetic Appeal: Agapanthus Africanus adds a striking burst of color to gardens and landscapes, particularly when planted in mass.
  2. Attracts Pollinators: Its flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, promoting biodiversity and pollination.
  3. Low Maintenance: Once established, this plant requires minimal care and is relatively drought-tolerant.
  4. Versatility: Agapanthus Africanus can be used in various settings, including borders, containers, and as a focal point in mixed plantings.