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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Agapanthus  - African Lilies, African blue lily and Lilies-of-the-Nile


Agapanthus florets used in my Hold on to the knot design

Common name

African Lilies, African blue lily and Lilies-of-the-Nile


Native to South Africa



White, lilac, blue, purple

Vase life

The flowers will take up to a week to open and will remain open for a further 7 to 14 days


Slight floral scent


The large flower heads are showy and dramatic. Individual florets can be cut and wired or glued into a design. The dried flower heads (with or without seeds) are popular to use in Christmas designs in South Africa. I also use the dried flower heads as floral frogs or guides for hand tied designs


Purchase or pick the flowers when one third of the buds are open. Condition in deep water overnight

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