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Perennial evergreen herbaceous plant (Agapanthus africanus) of the Alliaceae family, native to Africa. In summer, long stalks bear many funnel-shaped flowers. The attractive, thick, dark green leaves are sword-shaped. There are many varieties, some with white or purple flowers and others with patterned leaves. If grown in a climate with frost, they must be kept in containers and moved indoors to survive the cold weather.
Variants of AFRICAN LILY
African lily or lily of the Nile
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