One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A South African plant of the lily family, with blue or white flowers growing in rounded clusters.
Genus Agapanthus, family Liliaceae (or Alliaceae)
- ‘The nodding blue heads of the agapanthus define a part of New Zealand history.’
- ‘Commonly called the Lily of the Nile, the agapanthus is one of the stateliest garden plants of mid- to late-summer, forming large, vigorous clumps.’
- ‘Or walk past the border and you're in South Africa, as the sky-blue agapanthus nod their high frilly heads in the sun.’
- ‘Visitors crane their necks to photograph a pergola overflowing with hanging baskets of impatiens, ‘Martha Washington’ geraniums and agapanthus.’
- ‘The base of the trees are planted with clivias, cannas, wild rhubarb, agapanthus, shrimp plants.’
- ‘I love plants in season - old roses are a summer favourite - and I've got delphiniums, pelargoniums, agapanthus, tulips, silver birch, to name a few.’
- ‘A romantic 15-acre garden with a Saxon mound planted with yuccas, agapanthus, lilies, hosta and geraniums, dry moat, poplar avenue, yew hedges and terraces leading to riverside walks.’
- ‘You can bring in a blooming agapanthus or begonia, and either drop it in a pot or wrap the nursery container in fabric.’
- ‘In all cases the plants are carefully chosen to extend the flowering season from early spring to late autumn; his favourites include box, lavender, Santolina and white agapanthus.’
- ‘A garden outside our window may call to us silently by rippling-in-the-breeze lavender agapanthus or eye-high crape myrtle.’
- ‘If perennials like agapanthus, candytuft, coreopsis, daylilies, and penstemon are overgrown or not flowering well, it's time to dig and divide them.’
- ‘Tall spring bloomers that stand on their own and that are easy to grow are agapanthus, alliums, blood lilies, and African irises.’
- ‘It spreads by underground fleshy stems called rhizomes; rhizomes are found on many plants, from irises to agapanthus, from ferns to Bermuda grass.’
- ‘In colder areas, protect the container over winter, the agapanthus will return to bloom even more next year.’
- ‘The gardens emphasize native plants, perennials and trees, with accents provided by soft hues of roses, oleander, rhododendrons, agapanthus and more.’
- ‘Banks of white arum lilies and the blue globes of agapanthus lined the Levada do Norte, along with oleander bushes in full bloom.’
- ‘In spring, besides the vivid orange bird-of-paradise plant that has become a symbol of the island, there are protea, stunning blue agapanthus and busy lizzie, and in places the air is heavy with the perfume of jasmine and orange blossom.’
- ‘For especially dramatic container plants, try the summer flower bulbs, for starters: tuberose, oxalis, agapanthus, cannas, begonias, dahlias, caladiums, lilies, or elephant ears.’
- ‘Schizanthus can be planted when you plant your agapanthus, after all danger of frost is past.’
- ‘The garden is completed by tall jacaranda trees, conifers, and in the rockery just below the house, is a tumble of lavender, plumbago, rosemary, agapanthus, hibiscus and hydrangeas.’
Modern Latin, from Greek agapē ‘love’ + anthos ‘flower’.
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