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Clivia miniata

R125.00

Clivia miniata

Also known as the Bush Lily. Perennial, with dark green strappy leaves. Beautiful bright orange trumpet-shaped flowers in spring. Will grow well in large drifts in massed plant landscapes. Plant in shady positions. Will do well in gardens transitioning into waterwise.

  • Hardy
  • Evergreen
  • Will grow to a height of 50cm and a width of 45cm
  • 5l

R125.00

Description

  • Clivia miniata is a clump-forming perennial with dark green, strap-shaped leaves which arise from a fleshy underground stem.
  • The flowering heads of brilliant orange (rarely yellow), trumpet-shaped flowers appear mainly in spring (August to November) but also sporadically at other times of the year.
  • The deep green, shiny leaves are a perfect foil for the masses of orange flowers
  • The genus Clivia is endemic to southern Africa, meaning that they do not occur naturally anywhere else in the world! The wild bush lily grows in the forests of Kwazulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and Swaziland.
  • The habitat may vary from subtropical coastal forest to ravines in high-altitude forest.
  • It grows in dappled shade, often in large colonies. The soil is well-drained and humus rich. Occasionally they may be found growing in the fork of a tree
  • The genus name Clivia is after the Duchess of Northumberland, Lady Charlotte Clive, who first cultivated and flowered the type specimen in England. The species epithet miniata means the colour of red lead, referring to the flowers.
  • The world’s love affair with South Africa’s clivias began in the 1800s when specimens were sent back to England from Kwazulu-Natal. In Victorian times this beautiful plant was very popular for indoor use in England and Europe.
  • Clivia miniata is easily cultivated and very rewarding.
  • Plant in dappled shade — clivias are sensitive to sunlight and will burn easily.
  • Plant in well-composted soil, which will also help with soil-water retention during dry periods.
  • The plants should be watered regularly during the summer months, which is their growing season. Watering can be reduced during winter and the plants will tolerate fairly long dry periods.
  • Bush lilies are spectacular container subjects. They should be grown in a well-drained potting medium which has plenty of compost added.
  • This will also ensure good aeration which is another of their requirements.
  • Clivias respond well to feeding in the summer months, either with slow-release fertiliser included in the potting mix or with a good liquid feed.
  • Beds of established clivia can be given a granular fertiliser such as 3:1:5 or 2:3:2 and will benefit from a thick layer of organic mulch such as well-rotted compost, annually.
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