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Blooming Agapanthus


The pre bloom stage of a beautiful blue-purple Agapanthus flower opening up on a sunny Summer morning. With a climate similar to South Africa, these flowers thrive in Southern California as highly regarded landscape additions.


Agapanthus (pronounced /ˌæɡəˈpænθəs/), is the only genus in the flowering plant family Agapanthaceae. The family is in the monocot order Asparagales.

Agapanthus is commonly known as "Lily of the Nile", but it is not a lily and all of the species are native to South Africa from the cape to the Limpopo River.

Species boundaries are not clear in the genus, and in spite of having been intensively studied, the number of species recognized by different authorities varies from 6 to 10. The type species for the genus is Agapanthus africanus. A great many hybrids and cultivars have been produced and they are cultivated throughout warm areas of the world




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Taken on July 4, 2010