- any of several plants of the genus Agapanthus, of the amaryllis family, native to Africa, having sword-shaped leaves and umbels of blue or white flowers.
Origin of agapanthus
< New Latin (1789) < Greek agáp(ē) love + ánthos flower
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Agapanthus will at once respond, and flowers usually follow.The Mayflower, January, 1905
After flowering they may be treated as are amaryllis or agapanthus.
The Agapanthus, being a heavy feeder, should be grown in strong loam to which is added well rotted manure and a little sand.
As the Agapanthus is a gross-feeding plant, it should be re-potted annually in autumn, and be wintered in a cool pit or frame.
Agapanthus taxes the soil severely, and must have ample nourishment in pots.
- a liliaceous plant, Agapanthus africanus, of southern Africa, having rounded clusters of blue or white funnel-shaped flowersAlso called: African lily
C19: New Latin, from Greek agapē love + anthos flower
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