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Lily of the Nile
Scientific Name: Agapanthus 'Rancho White'
Synonym:
Family: Alliaceae
Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus  'Rancho White') Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 7-9, 11-24
USDA: 9-11

Frost Tolerance: Frost hardy in Phoenix to 18 F (-8C)

Heat Tolerance: Light shade in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun to half shade

Origin: Southern Africa

Growth Habits: Evergreen perennials, height from 12 to 18 inches (30-45 cm)

Watering Needs: Flourishes with regular watering in summer

Propagation: Cluster division in spring or fall, seeds in spring bloom in 4 years.


The Lily of the Nile naturalizes easily in Phoenix. They take the summer heat more easily if they get some shade in summer. The summer flowers don't last very long but their thick strap shaped leaves are decorative the year around.
Warning: the sap is poisonous, do not ingest. It might cause temporary irritation of the skin.

Cultural Practices:
The Agapanthus needs regular watering during the hot weather period. It will grow fine in any soil, although does better in a soil rich in organic matter. Plant 1 to 2 feet apart depending on the variety. Feed 3 times a year in early spring, early summer and fall.

Blooming Habits:
The 'Rancho White' produces white flowers during May-June. The flower stems are excellent for cut flowers. They are often coming at a time where there are not too many other flowers, and are an excellent resource.

Fruiting Habits:


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