For almost 200 years, during the Victorian era and on throughout the 20th century this flower was called “Lily-of-the-Nile” which is a complete misnomer as it is neither a lily nor is it from anywhere near the Nile. It grew originally only in South Africa, and went through several name changes, including African Hyacinth and African Lily. The name Agapanthus is derived from the Greek word for love; agapé and flower; anthos, which literally translates as Flower of Love.
Care and Handling:
Inspect agapanthus flowers upon arrival, taking particular care to look closely at the small trumpet-shaped flowers. Make sure that all are alive, and not turning purple or black. Check also that the stems are neither slimy, yellowing or cracked. Stems should be cut and the flowers hydrated in a low sugar holding solution.