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Agapanthus africanus

   (Family: Agapanthaceae)
Afrikaans: Bloulelie English: Agapanthus, Blue lily Xhosa: isicakathi  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 0.6m
Spread: 0.4 - 0.7m
Special properties:
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
pH: acid
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
Flower shape
Flower type
  Pollination is by wind, bees and sunbirds
  Flower info
  Often light blue, seldom dark blue and rarely white. The broadly funnel-shaped flowers are borne in a dense cluster (umbel) on a long slender stalk.
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
Leaf texture Smooth
Leaf size 0400mm
  Leaf info EDIT
  Long, narrow, strap-shaped leaves are somewhat fleshy, dark green and about 0.4m long.
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
Evergreen perennial, 25-70 cm.
Agapanthus species are widely grown in gardens and are all rather similar in appearance.
They are geophytes with thick tuberous rhizomes.
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
Widely distributed in the eastern parts of South Africa.
History EDIT
A decoction given orally or rectally as an antenatal and post-natal medicine, and also to the baby immediately after birth. It is mildly purgative and may also be used to ease a difficult labour and to ensure that the placenta is expelled.
Ecology EDIT
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  • Ben-Erik van Wyk, (2005), Medicinal Plants of South Africa ,Briza Publications  
  • John Manning,(2008),Field guide to Fynbos,Struik  


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