Clivia miniata

Clivia miniata
Bush lily
Scientific classification e
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"[1].


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[2].

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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