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Clivia are one of the few plants that will grow and flower happily under trees and in shade, and are low maintenance, and so are deservedly popular. Evergreen, strappy leaf plants that grow from stocky rhizomes, they will grow into large clumps that can be divided. They have large heads of bright trumpet shaped flowers, mostly in spring, followed by bright red large seeds which are also decorative. Clivia will grow happily in large pots as well, so can be moved around for display.
Clivia only tolerate light frost,and hot dry conditions can burn the leaves, otherwise they are easy to grow. They prefer dappled shade.
Clivia are native to South Africa. They were first collected in 1815, and named in honour of Lady Charlotte Clive, granddaughter of Robert Clive of India.
Flower colour: orange, yellow, red
Flowering season: spring winter
Maximum height: 0.5 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: 0.7 metres
Minimum width: not specified
Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: wet, moist.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
slugs and snails, caterpillars, white fly
Planting season: any time.
Types of fertiliser: good general purpose.