The delicate African lily belongs to the Agapanthus genus and is still called African lily. Literally translated, Agapanthus means love flower (from the Greek agape = love, anthos = flower). This beautiful flower and all species of the genus have other names inspired by their origins and beauty, for example African lily plants and royal potted plants.
The African love flower comes from southern Africa, as its name suggests, and has both evergreen and deciduous representatives. The evergreen species are widespread in South Africa in coastal areas. In this country they mainly thrive as potted plants and have to hibernate indoors. The deciduous species grow in cooler regions of South Africa and Mozambique, which is why they tolerate frost relatively better and can be planted outside in the bed. However, deciduous varieties are mostly the result of breeding and are rarely found in stores. The majority of the Agapanthus plants here with us are evergreen and are cared for as potted plants, such as Agapanthus africanus.
The African lily is rightly called the royal container plant
How much frost can the African lily tolerate?
In German-speaking countries, it is advisable to plant all agapanthus varieties in pots, because even in regions with a mild climate, winter conditions are unfavorable for them. Evergreen ornamental lilies do not thrive at temperatures below – 2 ° C and deciduous species can only tolerate winter frost to a limited extent, e.g..
B. down to -5 ° C.
In the Mediterranean region, the African lily can also overwinter in the garden
Agapanthus care tips
- to water
The African Lily has to be kept moist regularly. Basically you should apply the following rule: In spring the plant is watered heavily, in summer moderately, in autumn little and in winter the plant remains dry.
Also, note the following: Pour the African lily over a lower bowl of water from the tap. It is best when the water is stale.
In the growth phase, the African love flower needs regular fertilization. For this purpose, use container plant fertilizer with balanced nutrients and fertilize the royal container plant once a week from May to August.
Pour the African lily over a lower bowl from which the plants absorb the water themselves
Fertilizing season – from May to August
- Planting and repotting
Agapathus only needs to be transplanted when the tub is too small for the rhizomes and roots. The new bucket shouldn’t be too big. In this case, you take humus-rich soil mixed with sand and clay components.
sunny to partially shaded
The African lily is usually not pruned. Withdrawn inflorescences are removed by cutting them as deep as possible.
The royal container plant likes to enjoy warmth and sun
African lily with white flowers
The beauty of the African love flower also inspires interior designers
Free in nature
Royal potted plants in front of the front door
The African lily looks particularly delicate and noble in white