How to Care for African Lily ‘Black Buddhist’ (Agapanthus)

Agapanthus ‘Black Buddhist’ (African Lily) is a stunning perennial plant known for its showy, deep purple flowers and lush, strappy foliage. This elegant variety of Agapanthus, also known as African Lily ‘Black Buddhist’ and Lily of the Nile ‘Black Buddhist’, is a popular choice for gardeners who want to add a touch of sophistication to their outdoor spaces. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about caring for this beautiful plant, including watering, light care, soil care, growing region, growth rate, size and spread, seasonal and temperature considerations, pruning, flowering, pests, attracting wildlife, garden styles, companion plants, and frequently asked questions.

Main Caring Considerations


Agapanthus ‘Black Buddhist’ requires average watering to maintain its health and vibrant appearance. Ensure the soil remains consistently moist but well-drained to prevent root rot and other issues associated with over-watering.

Light Care

This plant thrives in full sun to partial sun conditions, so choose a location in your garden where it will receive plenty of sunlight throughout the day.

Soil Care

Agapanthus ‘Black Buddhist’ prefers moist but well-drained soil with a pH ranging from acidic to alkaline. It is adaptable to various soil types, including chalk, clay, loam, and sand, making it a versatile choice for many garden settings.

Growing Region

This African Lily is suitable for growing in USDA hardiness zones 1 through 12, making it a versatile option for gardens across a wide range of climates.

Growth Rate, Height, Size, and Spread

Agapanthus ‘Black Buddhist’ has a moderate growth rate, reaching a height of 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) and a spread of 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) at maturity. Its foliage grows to approximately 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm) in height, creating a lush, full appearance in the garden.

Season and Temperature

This plant is known for its hardiness and ability to withstand various temperature conditions, making it an excellent choice for gardens in a range of climates. During the growing season, it prefers warmer temperatures; however, it can also survive in colder regions if adequately protected during the winter months.


To maintain the health and appearance of Agapanthus ‘Black Buddhist’, remove spent flower stalks after flowering and trim back any damaged or dead leaves as needed. This will encourage new growth and maintain a tidy appearance.


Agapanthus ‘Black Buddhist’ produces beautiful, showy, deep purple flowers that make an eye-catching addition to any garden. These flowers are also ideal for use as cut flowers, adding a touch of elegance to any floral arrangement.


This African Lily variety is generally resistant to pests; however, occasionally slugs, snails, and aphids may be an issue. Monitor your plant regularly for signs of infestation and treat as necessary with appropriate pest control methods.


Agapanthus ‘Black Buddhist’ is attractive to birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds, making it a lovely addition to a wildlife-friendly garden. Additionally, it is deer and rabbit resistant and has a high tolerance for salt, making it suitable for coastal garden settings.

Garden Styles

This versatile plant is well-suited to a variety of garden styles, including city and courtyard gardens, coastal gardens, gravel and rock gardens, Mediterranean gardens, and more. It makes an excellent addition to beds and borders, edging, patio and container plantings, and wall-side borders.

Companion Plants

Agapanthus ‘Black Buddhist’ pairs well with a variety of companion plants, such as lavender, echinacea, salvia, and ornamental grasses. These plants not only complement the African Lily’s beauty but also help create a cohesive and visually appealing garden design.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Agapanthus ‘Black Buddhist’ toxic to pets?
While not considered highly toxic, some parts of Agapanthus may cause mild irritation if ingested by pets. It is best to keep pets away from the plant to prevent any issues.

Can Agapanthus ‘Black Buddhist’ be grown in containers?
Yes, this African Lily variety can be grown in containers, making it an excellent choice for those with limited garden space or who wish to add a touch of elegance to a patio or balcony.


Agapanthus ‘Black Buddhist’ is a stunning, versatile plant that can enhance any garden with its showy, deep purple flowers and lush foliage. With proper care and attention, this African Lily variety will reward you with its beauty and elegance for years to come.

Martin Duran

Hey y'all! My name is Martin Duran and I am from Cali, Colombia. Since 2018 I have been learning about plants and how to take care of them. Here's is my journey... “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir

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