Pretty Weeds in Cancale, France

I found this beautiful weed flower in our vacation rental’s courtyard in Cancale. Wi-fi was a bit spotty at times, so I turned to one source only: my friends on FB and here are their responses to my inquiry for its name. 🙂

Agapanthus African

Well, depending on my friends’ locations, I got various answers.

Virginia/USA: Lily of the Nile

Denmark: Agapanthus africanus

U.K: agapanthus

Germany: Schmucklilie

Australia: Agapatha  – They are extremely hardy. Root system is almost impossible to remove. They spread. Flower pretty. Need to cut off the dead heads after the flowers have died, otherwise all your complex and your surrounding neighbours will have them too.

Germany: They grow like weed. Be careful, or your ‘Beer Balcony’ will turn into an ‘Agapanthus Balkon’!

A similar weed is the ‘Canna Rouge’, that was the name given by the Brocante shop owner in Cancale, where I bought some seeds.

Canna Rouge

In the same courtyard in Cancale, it was my first time to see a banana plant outside the Frankfurt Palmengarten.

Banana plant

Well, I have returned with seeds for both weeds. Since I only have a balcony, they will be safe from spreading.


  1. David Strain says

    I really enjoy reading about your style of travel! I have a tendency to construct a travel plan with a lot of detail and then “execute” the plan. I enjoy seeing how you, literally, stop and smell the roses. You are a good influence on me. David.

  2. Thanks, David!
    I usually have no agenda when I travel.
    Sometimes I just like to sit somewhere, and let my mind do the wandering, and I keep a journal as well.

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