Agapanthus, or Lily of the Nile, is an indigenous herbaceous perennial genus that grows in clumps in full sun to semi shade. It flowers from mid to late summer, bearing funnel shaped flowers on cymes of up to one metre high. Colours range from white through to dark violet-blue. The most commonly grown species is Agapanthus praecox with leaves of 30-70cm long. The smaller Agapanthus africanus has leaves of only 20cm. There are many hybrids of varying sizes with flowers in varying shades of blue.  

The evergreen form provides a hardy year-round groundcover. Once the clump is established it is drought tolerant. Until then regular watering is required.  Plant in well drained composted soil. The long spikes make excellent cutflowers.