Agapanthus africanus, Blue lily
(distributed widely in the eastern parts of South Africa)
These lilies have thick tuberous rhizomes, long strap-like and fleshy leaves of dark green and dense clusters of blue (sometimes white) flowers borne on long slender stalks.
Medicinal properties: postnatal and antenatal uses. Also to relieve difficult labour.
Parts used: roots and rhizomes are taken as decoctions.
Fungal, bacterial and viral disease can cause leaf discoloration and sometimes death. Certain diseases are better treated environmentally. Read your insecticide- and fungicide packaging details for warnings, the best method of application, safety for edible crops, frequency of spraying and so on. Read more...
Grow your own fruit
Plant container-grown fruit trees a couple of hours after soaking the tree, the planting holes and soil. Plant the tree to the same depth of the stem's soil mark, or with the bud union above soil level. Soak thoroughly again after planting. When planting bare-rooted trees, prepare a squire hole large enough for its root system. Leave the tree in water and shade during preparation. With the guidance of a straight stick, placed across the hole, plant the tree with the bud union a little above the soil level. Spread the roots out evenly and comfortably, while filling in-between with soil. Firm down gently and soak thoroughly.
Birds will love it if you...
... boil 2 cups of water and dissolve a third cup sugar in it. Let it cool down. Pour a little into a shallow lid / dish and hang from your tree. Note: Do not add honey or colouring!
See the South African Birds List!
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