Agapanthus, commonly called lily-of-the-Nile, is native to South Africa (not the Nile River as the misleading common name suggests). It produces rounded clusters (umbels) of funnel-shaped flowers atop stiff, upright, leafless, fleshy stalks (scapes) rising above a dense mound of basal narrow, strap-shaped, linear, grass-like leaves. Blooms in summer. Hybrids come in a variety of colors (dark purples to blues to whites) and in sizes ranging from dwarf plants (18" tall) to large cultivars (to 4' tall). Leaves may be evergreen or deciduous. Leaves of some cultivars are variegated. Foliage mounds are generally attractive when plants are not in bloom.
Seeds are Stored in a Refrigerator to Maintain Viability
- Fill a pot with a mixture of potting soil and sand.
- Sow the seeds on the soil. Cover then with a very thin layer of soil.
- Put the pot in a warm area.
- Water the seeds and keep the soil moist. The soil must stay moist in order for the seeds to sprout. The pots can be covered with clear plastic wrap to keep the soil moist.
- The seeds will sprout in 3-5 weeks.
- The seedlings can be transplanted when the leaves are a couple of inches tall.