Thursday, June 23, 2011

Agapanthus or Lilly of the Nile

Agapanthus blooming in the neighborhood. This is one of the darker cultivars. They happen to grow grow amazingly well in Southern California although some cultivars are reported to survive up through zone 7. My dark clones and white clones have managed to interbreed resulting in a mish-mash of light lavender offspring that have sprouted up below them from seed. Consider it an experiment in Mendelian inheritance or perhaps in recessive mutations since none of the offspring were either white or dark purple (all being a more or less standard lavender).

Oh yes, Agapanthus, while called the lilly of the nile is neither a lilly nor from the Nile! They originate from South Africa as do Amaryllis, both of which do stunningly well here.

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