Agapanthus is also recognized as the National Flower of Antigua.
The Agapanthus is known under several different names, such Lily-of-the Nile, African Lily or Agapanthus Africanus. It is originally from South Africa and is now grown all over the world for its beautiful blue and white flowers. It is mostly available year round from Ecuador and from Mexico from November to June.
It has spectacular funnel-shaped florets in a round cluster that are 10-15cm across. This is a true focal flower with strong, single stems. It’s available in blue with stems of 75-97cm and white with stems of 50-60cm.
Agapanthus should be purchased when the blooms are showing good colour but with only a few open blooms per stem. The blooms will open and develop well in water.
These special flowers will draw attention in any design. They lend themselves to dramatic party or business pieces that rely on simplicity.
You can achieve a beautiful “garden” look, or a dramatic statement with a simple design of a few stems anchored in marbles. They provide an excellent display contrast with other large focal flowers like Bird of Paradise or Calla Lilies.