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Lily of the Nile

Lily of the Nile, also known as agapanthus, is a great summer-flowering bulb for Southern gardens.

These tough plants have strap-like leaves and bloom all summer long with pom-pom shaped flower clusters, typically in white, blue, or purple. The flowers attract hummingbirds and work well as cut flowers.

The plants can reach three feet tall and two feet wide, though dwarf forms are available. Lily of the Nile looks wonderful when planted in large groups in landscape beds, but it works equally well in containers.

Lily of the Nile can take full sun but in Florida prefers a bit of shade. Likewise, it’s relatively drought tolerant but performs better with regular watering.

If you’re looking for a Florida-Friendly plant that can take our summers in stride, try planting lily of the Nile.


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