Saponins are present in the plant and could cause gastrointestinal irritation. Agapanthus species have been used in phytomedicine in some parts of Africa to cause abortion and as an aphrodisiac. Extracts from the plant have been shown to have effects upon the uterus causing contractions, possibly due to the production of prostaglandins.
Native to southern Africa, the agapanthus lily is a vigorous perennial in mild climates, and has gained popularity as a potted houseplant in cold climates. Long, arching, strap-shaped leaves are produced from short rhizomes with fleshy roots. Flowers are produced in umbels on tall stems and come in various shades of blue, and occasionally white. Numerous cultivars of this lily are available commercially.
Agapanthus lilies are probably of minimal toxicity to animals unless eaten in quantity. However, where a dog or cat is prone to chewing on plants, it would be prudent to remove the plant from the animals environment.