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African Lily


AFRICAN LILY (Agapanthus umbellatus), a member of the family Liliaceae, a native of the Cape of Good Hope, whence it was introduced at the close of the 17th century. It is a hand some greenhouse plant, which is hardy in the south of England and the milder parts of the United States. It has a short stem bearing a tuft of long, narrow, arching leaves, to 2ft. long, and a central flower-stalk, 2 to 3ft. high, ending in an umbel of bright blue, funnel-shaped flowers. The plants are easy to cultivate, and are generally grown in large pots or tubs which can be protected from frost in winter. During the summer they require plenty of water, and are very effective on the margins of lakes or running streams, where they thrive admirably. They increase by offsets, or may be propagated by dividing the root-stock in early spring or autumn. A number of forms are known in cultivation.