AFRICAN LILY

Agapanthus praecox

Onion & Garlic Family [Alliaceae]

month8jul month8july month8aug month8sep month8sept

status
statusZneophyte
 
flower
flower8blue
 
inner
inner8azure
 
morph
morph8hemizygo
 
petals
petalsZ6
tepals
type
typeZumbel
 
type
typeZglobed
 
type
typeZtrumpet
 
stem
stem8round
 
toxicity
toxicityZmedium
 

8th July 2017, park garden, Waterloo, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Found in the wild mostly on sandy soils near the sea in the Scilly Isles; rarely elsewhere such as Isle of Man, Southern England and the Channel Islands. Here planted on purpose in a park (still near the sea though).


8th July 2017, park garden, Waterloo, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD


8th July 2017, park garden, Waterloo, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
A single straight, rigid and round stem bears the globed inflorescence.


8th July 2017, park garden, Waterloo, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Leaves all basal and very long linear, quite wide in the middle.


8th July 2017, park garden, Waterloo, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Unopened flowers, the 6 tepals are blue and closed together.


8th July 2017, park garden, Waterloo, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Flowers usually blue; only rarely are they white.


8th July 2017, park garden, Waterloo, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The 6 tepals are joined for the first 1/3rd of an opened flower, which is slightly zygomorphic with both the tepals on the top of the flower being curved up slightly more than those at the bottom. The 6 filaments also usually have an upward curl. Tepals azure with a darker-blue mid-stripe. (Occasionally they may be white). Flowers 26mm - 50mm long.


8th July 2017, park garden, Waterloo, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD


8th July 2017, park garden, Waterloo, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Anthers yellow, T-barred onto the filaments.


8th July 2017, park garden, Waterloo, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
An unopened flower umbel, enclosed by two paler-green sheaths before opening. Stems almost featurelessly smooth.


8th July 2017, park garden, Waterloo, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Last years spent umbel of flowers; only the flower stalks remain, now woody and straw coloured, as is the main stem.


8th July 2017, park garden, Waterloo, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The linear leaves between 20-70cm long and 1.5 to 5.5cm wide. Some cultivars may have smaller and much narrower and yellower leaves.


Some similarities to : Star-of-Persia (Allium christophii) but that has globed purple flowers with much narrower tepals, and proportionally shorter less wide leaves.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

No relation to : Flower () [a plant with similar name].

This neophyte hardly occurs anywhere else but on sandy soil near the sea on Scilly; hardly anywhere else except just a few scattered random occurrences on the Isle of Man, Southern England and the Channel Islands and it is the sub-species ssp. oriantalis which does.

Your Author does not know whether the planted ones shown above are the real MacKay, ssp. orientalis or another that looks like it.


  Agapanthus praecox  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Alliaceae  

Distribution
 family8Onion & Garlic family8Alliaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Agapanthus
Agapanthus
(African Lily)

AFRICAN LILY

Agapanthus praecox

Onion & Garlic Family [Alliaceae]