The Q&A Archives: Wind Damage To Clivia

Question: I recently planted some Clivia 'Solomone Hybrids' on an exposed windy site near the ocean in Sea Cliff in San Francisco. They had a lot of leaves die which I cut back, and they seem to be regrowing slowly from the inside leaves. They were planted in March, and the winds have been relentless this spring, but I am wondering if I can expect them to recover or adapt. If I remove them, can you suggest another low plant with a bold form (not agapanthus)?

Answer: Sadly, Clivia doesn't stand up well to constant winds. Other, more wind-tolerant plants, with similar appearance include Phormium and Yucca. Phormium has sword-like leaves that grow in a fan pattern. Once established, the plants produce branched clusters of tubular flowers, rising to twice the height of the foliage clump. There are many varieties of Yucca. All are slow growing, and range from 2'-10' in height. Best wishes with your landscape!

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