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Agapanthus praecox (Agapanthus)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Agapanthus
Species: A. praecox
Binomial name: Agapanthus praecox
Common name: African lily, Common Agapanthus, Blue Lily, Lily of the Nile.

        This plant is poisonous
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Agapanthus is an evergreen rhizomatous soft-wooded perennial member of the family Alliaceae and a native of the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.
Most of the cultivated plants of the genus Agapanthus are hybrids or cultivars of this species.
It has a short stem bearing a tuft of long, narrow, arching leaves 10-35 cm long and 1-2 cm broad, and a central flower stalk 25–60 cm tall, ending in an umbel of 20-30 white, or bright blue, funnel-shaped flowers, each flower 2.5-5 cm diameter.
In some areas of New Zealand, it is classed as a pest plant. There are many different types of Agapanthus, but only one is potentially invasive. Its name is Agapanthus praecox subspecies orientalis, and the ease with which it can spread and self-seed has can be a nightmare for native ecosystems and local councils.

For more info on Agapanthus, types visit http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantab/agapanpraecox.htm

Agapanthus and Montbretia growing wild on the banks of the Te Henui walkway.

Agapanthus praecox"Albiflorus"

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