The seeds of Agapanthus praecox, the bloulelie in Afrikaans, can be seen being released from some capsules on a seed-head displaying various stages of ripening. The seeds are black with a papery covering. They are released from an oblong capsule, triangular seen in cross-section. It starts off green, turning to almost white or light brown when becoming dry and dehiscent at the end of summer and autumn.
This species is the horticulturally most common in the genus. The summer flowers are blue or white, borne in umbels on stout stalks of up to 60 cm. The six tepals of each flower form a funnel-shaped, widely opening lily structure. The characteristic rhizomatous roots and strap-like leaves are common to Agapanthus species. Agapanthus praecox is variable with three variations having been formally recognized (www.plantzafrica.com).
The plant grows in a large coastal habitat on open rocky ground in the south eastern parts of South Africa, mainly from Knysna to the Transkei. Apart from being a garden plant it is also used as an aphrodisiac. Some Agapanthus plants yield a variety of traditional medicines (Van Wyk and Gericke, 2000).
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