Description

Clivias is a genus of monocot flowering plants native to southern Africa. They are from the family Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Amaryllidoideae. Common names are Natal lily, bush lily or kaffir lily. They are herbaceous evergreen plants with green, strap-like leaves. Individual flowers are more or less bell-shaped, occurring in umbels on a stalk above the foliage; colors typically range from yellow through orange to red. Many cultivars exist, some with variegated leaf patterns. They are typically forest undergrowth plants, adapted to low light (with the exception of Clivia mirabilis from the Western Cape). The folllowing species exist:

Clivia caulescens (seedlings flower after 4 to 5 years)
Clivia gardenii (seedlings flower after 4 to 5 years)
Clivia miniata (seedlings flower after 4 to 5 years)
Clivia mirabilis (seedlings flower after 5 to 6 years)
Clivia nobilis (seedlings flower after 7 to 8 years)
Clivia robusta (seedlings flower after 4 to 5 years)

It is recommended that plants are watered regularly in summer, although not overwatered, with a resting period from autumn till late winter, when the plants are kept almost dry at 8-10 C. Plants can be repotted yearly or every other year in all-purpose potting medium or coconut husks.

Propagation is by seed or by offsets removed when repotting. Seeds are sown on the top of moist material in high humidity. Pests and diseases include scale insects, mealy bug and rot.

Clivia miniata produce small amounts of the alkaloid lycorine. Lycorine is toxic in sufficient quantities, particularly in pets and small children.

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This page has been updated on the 2017-08-30.