Lily of the Nile: Closed Agapanthus. The tallest species reaches 1.5 meters with the longest flowering period. It got its name because of the “snickshey” shape of the buds, as they do not bloom completely. In color – from blue to almost ink shades. The origin of the Lily of the Nile is South and Central Africa. Now the flower represents a separate family of Agapanthus, but initially, scientists assumed the relationship of Agapanthus to the onion, amaryllis, and lily families. The Latin plant name is derived from the words “agape” and “anthos”, which means “flower of love”. In the wild in southern Africa, the Lily of the Nile grows off the coast and on mountain slopes. Blue shades of colors in the tone of seawater are a mesmerizing sight. I found this site you might just love: Backyard Prime. Tell me what you think?