agapanthus

noun
ag·a·pan·thus | \ˌa-gə-ˈpan(t)-thəs \
plural agapanthus also agapanthuses

Definition of agapanthus 

: any of several African plants (genus Agapanthus) of the lily family cultivated for their umbels of showy blue, purple, or white flowers

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Bulb-type plants: Achimenes, African iris, agapanthus, amaryllis, blackberry lily, bulbine, caladiums, canna, crinum, crocosmia, day lily, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lily, peacock ginger, society garlic, rain lily and walking iris. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "June in the garden," 26 May 2018 Plant summer-blooming bulbs: Now is a good time to plant crocosmia, gingers, lilies, canna, pineapple lily (Eucomis), elephant ears, crinum, agapanthus and others. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "This week's gardening tips: stake tomato plants and add sod," 29 Apr. 2018 Bulbs: African iris, agapanthus, amaryllis, blackberry lily, bulbine, calla lily, crinum, crocosmia, day lily, gladiolus, kaffir lily, narcissus, society garlic, spider lily, rain lilies and walking iris. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "September in the garden," 26 Aug. 2017 Here is more information about agapanthus: Dan Gill is a horticulturist with the LSU AgCenter. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Myth or fact: cutting spent agapanthus flowers reduces blooming: Dan Gill's mailbag," 8 July 2017 Bulbs-type plants: Achimenes, African iris, agapanthus, amaryllis, blackberry lily, bulbine, caladiums, canna, crinum, crocosmia, day lily, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lily, peacock ginger, society garlic, rain lily and walking iris. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "June gardening calendar," 27 May 2017

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First Known Use of agapanthus

circa 1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agapanthus

borrowed from New Latin, genus name, probably borrowed from Greek agápē "love, affection" + ánthos "flower" — more at agape entry 2, anthology

Note: The genus name was introduced by Charles Louis L'Hériter de Brutelle in Sertum Anglicum, seu Plantae Rariores quae in Hortis juxta Londinum, Imprimis in Horto Regio Kewensis excoluntur, ab anno 1786 ad annum 1787 observatae (Paris, 1788; actually published in parts, 1789-93), p. 10. L'Héritier provides no explanation for the name.

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