- Clivia miniata
Bush lily Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae clade: Angiosperms clade: Monocots Order: Asparagales Family: Amaryllidaceae Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae Genus: Clivia Species: C. miniata Binomial name Clivia miniata
Clivia miniata (commonly known as Bush lily) is a species of clivia, from South Africa. It grows to a height of about 45cm in the shade of trees and shrubs, and flowers are red, orange or yellow, with a faint, but very sweet perfume. It is sometimes known in cultivation as "Kaffir Lily".
Depth and spacing: Plant with the crown above the soil surface and 30cm apart.
Watering: Water well in spring and summer but keep soil drier in autumn and winter.
Frost tolerances: Clivia must be protected from frost – a verandah, the eaves of a house or a dense tree canopy are usually sufficient for as low as –5°C.
Flowering time: Spring to summer, once the flowers are mature which will be in approx 3 years.
Soil: Well drained, a pH 5.5-6.5 best suits Clivia.
Aspect: Partial to full shade.
Temperature: 15°C to 25°C.
Pruning: Remove old leaves and stems.
Fertilizer: A generous amount of slow release fertilizer applied regularly from early spring to mid summer achieves maximum growth.
Propagation: Can be propagated by means of seed, as well as vegetatively through offsets
It contains small amounts of lycorine, making it poisonous.
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