Common name: Agapanthus
Botanical name: Agapanthus species (most common species A. africanus, A. praecox subsp. orientalis, Agapanthus hybrid cultivars
Other common names: African lily, blue African lily, blue lily
General description: An ornamental clumping perennial to 50cm, popular as a garden or pot plant.
Flowers: The flowers are deep blue fading to purple, sometimes white, bell-shaped and clustered together in a large mass at the top of a long erect stem to 1m arising from the clusters of leaves.
Leaves: The leaves are strap-like, 30-70cm long and up to 1.5cm wide, glossy green to dark green and somewhat fleshy.
Other: All parts of the plant are poisonous, especially the rhizome or root, leaves and sap.
Symptoms: Symptoms may include nausea vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea if ingested, with severe ulceration of the mouth from the clear sticky sap.
Skin contact with the sap may cause a burning sensation, skin irritation and rashes.
Toxicity category: 2, 3
Warning: Seek medical attention for all ingestions.