(pronounced /ˌæɡəˈpænθəs/), the "Lily of
the Nile", is a genus of mostly summer-
blooming flower plants with six to ten species
depending on how the different species are
classified. They are all herbaceous perennial
plants native to South Africa. They have been
placed either in the family Alliaceae, or
separated into their own monogeneric family
Agapanthaceae (e.g. Indices Nominum
Supragenericorum Plantarum Vascularium).
Members of the genus have funnel-shaped flowers, in varying shades of blue colors
with white flowering forms occurring. The species have been hybridized to produce
additional colors in plants under cultivation. The flowers are produced in
many-flowered cymes on long, erect stems called scapes, which can grow up to 1 m
long. The basal leaves are curved, lanceolate, and are up to 60 cm long.
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