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Agapanthus praecox (African-lily)

Synonyms: Tulbaghia praecox

Wikipedia Abstract

Agapanthus praecox (common agapanthus, blue lily, African lily, or lily of the Nile) is a native of Natal and Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Local names for this species include agapant, bloulelie, isicakathi and ubani. Most of the cultivated plants of the genus Agapanthus are hybrids or cultivars of this species. The plant is reportedly naturalized in Great Britain, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Eritrea, Ethiopia, St. Helena, Victoria, Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and Tristan da Cunha.
View Wikipedia Record: Agapanthus praecox


Invasive Species

Agapanthus praecox is a rhizomatous herb that is native to South Africa, along with its subspecies, A. praecox subsp. minimus, A. praecox subsp. orientalis and A. praecox subsp. praecox. Most cultivated agapanthus are cultivars or hybrids of A. praecox, and the subspecies readily hybridise. Agapanthus has characteristic composite florescences that are white or blue and tubular and is commonly planted as an ornamental.
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Allergen Potential [1]  Low
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Structure [2]  Herb

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Isles of Scilly Complex 66350 England, United Kingdom    


Calypte anna (Anna's Hummingbird)[3]
Icterus cucullatus (Hooded Oriole)[3]
Manorina melanocephala (Noisy Miner)[3]


Cape Prov. to KwaZulu-Natal;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



Attributes / relations provided by
1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
Protected Areas provided by GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
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