Clivia miniata

An evergreen perennial which bears stuning orange or yellow flowers to herald the beginning of spring.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 0.45m x 0.6m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

Clivia is a fast-growing, evergreen perennial that forms a neat clump of strappy leaves. The orange or yellow flowers are long-lasting and signal the end of winter.  The plant will tolerate moderate frost, but if affected will quickly recover in summer.

After the flowering season, Clivia bears attractive, bright red berries which if left to ripen, drop to release seeds.

I’ve noticed that clivias grown in full shade flower later in spring than those which receive a little sun.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Clivias attract a host of insects to the garden.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Damp woodlands

MAINTENANCE:
Clivias are low maintenance and plants will benefit from being split every 4-5 years when they become crowded. Divide after flowering.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately in summer. Avoid having damp conditions in winter and reduce the watering to just once a month in winter.

GARDEN THEMES:
Forest, formal, tropical, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
Mass plant in well-composted soil under large trees or in large containers on a shady patio.
They also work well as indoor plants.
FLOWERS:
FOLIAGE:
The leaves are dark green and strappy with slightly raised ridges which run along the length.
FRUIT:
FULL GALLERY:
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