Native to South Africa and commonly known as blue lily, African lily, or lily of the Nile, Agapanthus has become naturalised in many countries around the world including the Canary Islands. The name comes from the Greek agapē or "love" and anthos or "flower". It is a beautiful perennial plant that grows from an underground rhizome or rootstalk with long thin evergreen grass-like leaves and long stiff upright stalks with clusters of blue, purple or white funnel-shaped flowers that bloom in early to mid-summer. Its inflorescence is in umbels [from the Latin umbella meaning "parasol, sunshade"] or flower clusters with stalks of nearly equal length springing from a common centre, like umbrella ribs. Each umbel can bear twenty to one hundred flowers and there are successions of blooms as the flowers do not all open at once.