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Agapanthus is a genus now considered to be in the Agapanthaceae family. It was previously considered to be in the Alliaceae family but it does not have the onion or garlic smell, and DNA sequencing indicates a closer relationship to Amaryllidaceae.

Plants grow from rhizomes and have strap-like leaves. Flowers are umbels of blue or white funnel-shaped or tubular flowers. This genus is found in rocky grasslands on the southern and eastern fringes of southern Africa. Species in areas where there is year round rainfall are evergreen and those where rainfall is sparse in winter are deciduous. Information from the South African National Biodiversity Institute's web pages tells about this genus with more information too about Agapanthus praecox.

Seeds are somewhat ephemeral and will last for about 6 months.

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