The Main Plant entry for Clivias (Clivia)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Clivias.

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Common names
  • Natal Lily
  • Kaffir Lily
  • Thong Lily
  • Bush Lily

  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 2, 2012 1:44 PM concerning plant:
    Clivias flower more reliably if they have a period of rest in late fall. For 12-14 weeks (about 3 months), keep a houseplant in a light, cool room (50-65°F is ideal) and withhold water. Keep a close eye on the plant during this resting period. If it is beginning to wilt, add a scant 1-2 cups of water, just enough to moisten the soil lightly. Begin normal watering at the end of the winter rest period. Bloom usually, but not always, follows in 6-12 weeks.

  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Dec 14, 2018 6:24 AM concerning plant:
    Slow growing, bug free, the dark green leaves always look healthy. I have blooms every year following the rest period.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 8:14 PM concerning plant:
    "Of the species, Clivia miniata is the most widely cultivated; cultivars with flowers ranging from deep red-orange to pale yellow have been bred by growers. Yellow plants can belong to one of two different groups which breed true for colour, producing seedlings with unpigmented stems and all yellow flowers when mature. When yellows from different groups are crossed, seedlings with pigmented stems occur and the resulting flowers are orange.

    In cultivation, 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 46-50 °F. 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.

    Clivias contain poisonous alkaloids."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

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