A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
372: Blue lilies
Blue lilies are quite common in Brazilian parks and gardens, but they are not native Brazilian plants. These lilies are called Agapanthus praecox, or African lily, or Lily of the Nile. However, they are also not native along the margins of the Nile River; their origin is in the far south of the African continent, in Natal and in Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. The lily now has been naturalized in various countries across the world, like the United Kingdom, Mexico, New Zealand, Ethiopia, and Costa Rica. The lily has about ten long, leathery leaves and may reach up to one meter. They usually flower between December and February. The two blue lilies in the photograph were found in the campus of the Federal University, near the Economic Sciences Faculty. The lilies are also found along the nearby Pampulha Lake.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2012, 2017