Agapanthus

Family: Amaryllidaceae


While often called African Lily, Nile Lily or Lily of the Nile overseas, in Australia they are best known by their genus name Agapanthus

Agapanthus are one of the most popular flowering herbaceous ornamentals in South East Queensland, because they are so easy to grow, yet a mass of them in flower can be stunning. The height and drama of the flowers is outstanding. Even without the spectactular flowers, the foliage is very attractive provided it can be kept in good shape.

Everyone is familiar with the common blue and white varieties, but there are a range of sizes and colour variations available in commercially available named cultivars including bicolours, pink tones and dark purples.




Where to buy Agapanthus

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Agapanthus are widely available in garden centres in Queensland. You will probably find the common white and blue, and possibly some dwarf or other special cultivars currently being promoted.

However, if you are interested in some of the less common cultivars, seeds, tubestock or large quantities, you may need to seek out nurseries that specialise in this group. The following advertisers may include online suppliers. For the most up-to-date information on plants in stock, opening hours, prices etc, be sure to visit the seller's website or contact the business directly.

PINE MOUNTAIN NURSERY

P.O. Box 5016
Brassall Qld 4305
Ph: (07) 5464 3976
pinemountainnursery.com.au

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Pine Mountain Nursery are suppliers of warm climate bulbs, specialising in clivia and agapanthus.

Clivias in many colours and forms can be purchased. The nursery hybridises its own clivias from superior genetic stock and can supply Clivia seed.

Agapanthus on offer also includes varieties bred in Queensland by the nursery. Varieties in a range of flower colours and growth habit available.

Also, a selection of other bulbs, gingers, liriope and mondo grass including mondo strips.

Plants sent by mail order to Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic and SA. Visits by appointment or check the Pine Mountain Nursery WEBSITE for display days, plus information and advice.

For bulb nurseries (which might stock agapanthus), check the general Bulbs page.

If you operate a nursery (including online and mail order nurseries) that specialises in Agapanthus, you can advertise on this page. Information about advertising.

More Online Information


The following links are for general information, research and ideas - some species or cultivars may be unavailable in Australia
PlantZAfrica.com, a website of the South African National Biodiversity Institute, offers information on several Agapanthus species, includng recent taxonomic changes. (Look under the Alphabetic "Plants of SA" listing)
PbsWiki - Agapanthus Notes on several species at the Pacific Bulb Society site
Agapanthus praecox ssp orientalis Weeds of Blue Mountains Bushland
Hocko's Agapanthus Lots of pictures and notes on a multitude of cultivars
Agapanthus spp Australian Weeds and Livestock (PDF)
Agapanthus orientalis University of Florida (PDF)
Lily Of The Nile Draws Attention To Landscapes Office of Agricultural Communications Mississippi State University, USA
Agreeable Agapanthus, Love Flower Washington State University Clark County Extension
agapanthus.org.uk Actually a German site (select English or German language version), so an emphasis on culture in a cold climate, but lots of information here nevertheless.
Gallery of Agapanthus by professional garden photgrapher Clive Nichols (UK) might give you some ideas for using them in the garden
Agapanthus albus roseus Nice picture of this pink-tinted agapanthus species
Agapanthus campanulatus Notes on this species and an overview of the genus from the Royal Horticultural Society, UK
Agapanthus inapertus P.Beauv. at PlantZAfrica.com
Lily of the Nile Agapanthus caulescens. Flowers of India

Older news

Auckland banishes some types of agapanthus

Due to concerns about naturalisation, Auckland Regional Council (New Zealand) has introduced a controversial ban of "large leaved cultivars" of agapanthus (Agapanthus praecox syn. A. orientalis) within its jurisdiction. There's more information on this issue at the NZ Nursery and Garden Industry Association website: The end of Agapanthus praecox in Auckland and Clarification on Agapanthus. It's possible that following testing, cultivars demonstrated to be infertile may be permitted in the future.



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