Monday, October 24, 2011

Horti Medici: Agapanthus

This illustration of an Agapanthus comes from Horti Medici Amstelodamensis Rariorum, the grand work compiled by Johannes Commelin (1629-1692) and published between 1697 and 1701.

A few facts about Horti medici amstelodamensis

A few facts about Agapanthus
1. Even though it is not a lily, its common name is Lily of the Nile.
2. It is native to South Africa and is one of the first plants to have arrived in Europe and Britain from there.
3. For several decades the Agapanthus was nurtured in Holland gardens and failed to bloom. Finally, it bloomed in the botanic garden at Leyden. It flowered in 1698 in Amsterdam after Johannes Commelin's death and was painted then for this illustration.
4. The pollen of the plant is colored violet-blue.


  1. I love agapanthus. I see them all over when I'm visiting my family in New Orleans. I wish they were hardy here.

  2. I also love the agapanthus, I have tree at home, two white and one blue. The flower is fantastic!

  3. Colorado would be practically perfect... if we could grow agapanthus here! ;)