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Agapanthus: A Revision of the Genus

By Wim Snoeijer

Known as "lilies of the Nile" (though they’re native to South Africa), the showy perennials in the genus Agapanthus have been avidly collected and grown since they were discovered by Dutch explorers in the 17th century. The few species in the genus have been hybridized intensively, yielding hundreds of interesting and dramatic cultivars. Despite their huge popularity among gardeners, however, there has never been a truly comprehensive book on the genus, an oversight that has finally been corrected by author Wim Snoeijer, working in concert with Holland’s Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society. With keys and more than 100 color photos as an aid to identification, this groundbreaking book is one no devotee of these plants can afford to be without.

Media reviews

"An extensively annotated list of specific and cultivar names ... Recommended."

—G. P. DeWolf Jr., Choice

"Indispensable for any person wishing to study the genus in depth."

—John E. Bryan, Gardening Newsletter

"The author's years of research have produced this definitive book."

—Leilani A. Hall, E-Streams

"Anyone picking up the book just to look at the photographs will be won over immediately to the variety and beauty of the plants."

—William Grant, University of California at Santa Cruz Arboretum Bulletin

About the author

Wim Snoeijer

Wim Snoeijer is a frequent contributor to Dendroflora, the official journal of the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society. He is particularly interested in the nomenclature and history of garden plants, including Clematis, Lonicera, and Agapanthus. He developed his interest in Agapanthus while working in the Division of Pharmacognosy, Leiden University. In addition to his close relationship with the Boskoop Society, he is a member of the Dutch Orangery Society and the International Clematis Society. He is currently employed as a clematis breeder.

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