The common names 'Lily of the Nile' and 'African Lily' are often applied to agapanthus. Both are misleading. They are neither lilies nor grow naturally on the banks of the Nile. Although they have become naturalised in many parts of the world, agapanthus are rhizomatus plants which are native to South Africa.
Deciduous (the more hardy) and evergreen forms now abound in cultivation and
many beautiful named cultivars are now available.