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Bush Lily Clivia

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KLIV-ee-ah
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Clivia is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant native to southern Africa in the amaryllis family. The vibrant orange to reddish flowers makes this bulb stand out. It is commonly used as a houseplant but can be mass planted outdoors in mild climates along a border or walkway.

When grown as container plants, give it bright light indoors but mostly shady outdoors. For proper flowering, keep in a lighted area at 50-60 degrees F in the fall or early winter and withhold water and fertilizer to allow a rest period.  This plant tolerates drought well. It prefers to be root-bound and can stay in the same pot for 3- 5 years. Allow the plant to dry slightly between waterings and fertilize monthly during the active growing period.

Plant bulbs 6"-12" apart at a depth of 1". Clivias can take 3-5 years to bloom from seed so it is best to buy a mature plant. 

Problems: Mealybugs and root rot can occur. Difficult to propagate

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • C. miniata
C. miniata
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#hummingbirds#houseplant#drought tolerant#cut flowers#interiorscape#low maintenance#mass planting#flower arrangements#long-lasting flowers#summer flowers#vibrant#summer bulbs#borders#bird friendly#butterfly friendly#problem for cats#problem for dogs#container plants
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • C. miniata
C. miniata
Tags:
#hummingbirds#houseplant#drought tolerant#cut flowers#interiorscape#low maintenance#mass planting#flower arrangements#long-lasting flowers#summer flowers#vibrant#summer bulbs#borders#bird friendly#butterfly friendly#problem for cats#problem for dogs#container plants
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Clivia
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    Red round fruits after flowering
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Cup
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Yellow to orange to almost red cup to bell to funnel-shaped flowers in clusters called umbrels. The flowers are showy and can occur in clusters held in the foliage or held above the foliage. Different varieties bloom at different times
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Variegated
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Strappy long sword-like leaves arise from the bulb opposite from each other and are up to 2 feet long and 4 inches wide. They can be green to variegated.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Thick green stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting, salvation, diarrhea; large ingestions cause convulsions, low blood pressure, tremors and cardiac arrhythmias. Bulbs are the most poisonous part.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Lycorine and other alkaloids
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No