Agapanthus africanus is a flowering plant from the genus Agapanthus native to the area of Cape of Good Hope in South Africa where they grow in a mountainous terrain in acidic sandy soil.. It was introduced to Europe at the close of the 17th century.
Agapanthus are one of South Africa's best known garden plants and are grown in most countries in the world. Their strap-like leaves and striking blue or white flowers make them favourites in plant borders as well as in containers. Flowers are useful in cut flower arrangements, and they make excellent pot plants. It was introduced to Europe at the close of the 17th century and is hardy if protected from severe frosts. In areas that have cold winters they are generally grown in large pots or tubs that can be protected from frost. It is an excellent groundcover plant for stabilizing soil on slopes and preventing erosion. Often it is selected for planting in difficult seaside gardens because of its salt tolerance and ability to stand up to the wind.