Agapanthus africanus

Its name Agapanthus comes from the Greek “agapê” which means love and “anthos” which is the word for flower.


Threatened species, especially in its natural habitat.

Species characteristics

Family: Lyliaceae

Origin: South Africa. Endemic to the Western Cape region, in the Cape of Good Hope coastal area.

Habitat: Mild climate area, tolerates seaspray. Perfectly suited to dry areas.

Characteristics: Perennial rhizomatous herb with fleshy roots. Flowers from the end of spring to early summer, nectar bearing, deep blue or white in cultivars.

Flowering period: Spring, summer.

Uses and properties: The agapanthus is used in traditional herbal medicine especially for its oxytocic properties. Its rhizomes, rich in saponins, are said to have anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.
In the Zulu pharmacopoeia, it is known as a treatment for colds, coughs, and digestive problems.

History and oddities

The agapanthus flower symbolises love, pleasure, passion.