(Liliaceae/Alliaceae) Genus of about 10 species of bold, clump forming vigorous perennials, some evergreen from southern Africa. Large umbels of bell flowers borne in three main inflorescence types - rounded umbels of bell to trumpet-shaped flowers; intermediate umbels of usually trumpet-shaped flowers and pendent umbels of tubular flowers. Good for cutting. Followed by decorative seed heads. Leaves strap shaped. Most are reasonably hardy especially narrow leaved forms. Evergreen forms found in coastal areas, deciduous ones in moister, mountain grassland in inland regions. This genus takes its name from agape (love) and anthos (flower).