The Agapanthus, commonly known as lily of the Nile (or African lily in the UK) is native to the Southern parts of Africa. It mainly grows in shaded areas where it is protected against the heat of the African sun. The name is derived from the Greek. “Agape” means love and “Anthos” flower.
As the name says, the Agapanthus stands symbol for love for many, many years. It also has a rich history of medicinal use. South African tribes used the flower for prenatal care and to aid heart diseases and fevers. The roots of the Agapanthus were cooked and then processed it into a necklace that was given to women when they married as a symbol for fertility.
Colors, Shapes, and Availability
The firm Agapanthus on its long stem is available in many different shades. Mostly in blue, but white varieties are also common. It is a real spring flower and besides spring flower also available in summer and fall.
Agapanthus is very suitable to use in traditional arrangements, wild spring bouquets, and wedding designs. Combine with Eucalyptus, white Calla and Freesia for beautiful designs.
Shop Care Tips
Check the flowers for any damage when you receive them. Cut the stems diagonally approx. A half an inch from the bottom and place in fresh, cold water. Keep the flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts, or excessive heat and be sure to change the water every 1-2 days.