Agapanthus



Origin: Greek
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: "Love flower"
Pronunciation: ag-ah-PAN-thus
Other forms: N/A

A new favorite of mine, although it may be a little far fetched. The Agapanthus is a beautiful flower in the family Amaryilidaceae, and the only genus in the subfamily Agapanthoideae. They are sometimes referred to as the "lily of the nile", and in the UK they are African lilies, although they are not related to them. They are native to South Africa, and thrive in warm climates; most commonly bloom in the summer.

The color can range from blue to purple to white, but most of the ones I've seen have been rather periwinkle in color. Agapanthus isn't affected by most pests, though the Noctuid Moth will be bothersome.
The word Agapanthus comes from the Greek agape "love", and anthos, "flower".  And where I first heard it? In "The Land Girls", a movie from 1998, Rachel Weisz plays a girl called Ag, full name Agapanthus. And she isn't the only one with a lovely name, the other two girls are Pru or Prudence, and Stella.

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