Clivia plants are a wonderful flowering plant with many cultivars available for sale both as both seedlings and larger plants, or perhaps try growing them from seed.
They are a plant that can tolerate dry conditions once they have become established, species such as clivia miniata can be regarded as a drought tolerant plant.
These plants do not like to be planted in heavy soil, many growers use an aerated potting mixture such as perlite or composted pine bark mulch. Mature plants are readily available for sale online as bare rooted or potted plants.
The Belgian hybrid, along with the cream , yellow and Kirstenbosch varieties are a few of the species that are rivalling orchids as the ‘must have’ house plant.
Remember that clivia do not like to be planted in heavy soil, many growers use an aerated potting mixture such as perlite or composted pine bark mulch. In the ground, again they need good drainage. Look out for for C. Robusta, a giant species.
These are a much hybridized plant, especially in Japan and South Africa, the ‘holly grail’ of breeders is to produce a white flowering plant. Lots of pale yellow clivia but no real pure white flowering varieties yet.
All species can be grown from seed, you need to be patient and be aware that the plant might flower true, seeds are available for sale online.
Clivia Species or varieties
- C. Nobilis Plant Profile
The first species to be described. Named after Lady Clive, Duchess of Northumberland. Dark orange pendulous tubular flowers with green tips, varying from pinkish yellow to dark red . Flowering late autumn to spring. (see picture right)
- C. Miniata Plant Profile
C. Miniata is sometimes referred to as the ‘Kaffir Lily’ and is one of the most popular of the species. The orange C. miniata flower is probably the most common variety in Australia. With flowers that point upwards, they thrive in the shade. Lots of new flower colours are available from breeders, yellows, peaches, apricots, peaches and pale green. Breeders are working on a white C. miniata flower, if you see a white one let us know. (for full information and pictures see C. miniata)
- Clivia Robusta Plant Profile
Previously known as “Swamp Gardenii” C. Robusta is the largest known species, flowers similar to that of gardenii and nobilis. As the previous name implies they can be grown in damp conditions .
- Clivia Caulescens Plant Profile
Flowers spring to summer. Tubular flowers with flower heads being smaller than those of C.miniata.
- Clivia Gardenii Plant Profile
Flowering autumn to late winter. Orange-red flowers with green tips, flowers varying from yellowish to a browny red. Flowers are more curved and not as pendulous as those of Caulescens and Nobilis
- Clivia Mirabilis Plant Profile
A variety than withstands direct sun and heat more readily than other species. Leaves with a white strip, similar to c. nobilis with orange-red pendulous flowers.
- Clivia x Nimbicola Plant Profile
Nimbicola means ‘dweller in the mist’ so maybe this gives us a clue to its natural habitat. This species habit of flowering erratically throughout the year reflects on its parents C. miniata and C. caulescens. Flowers range from pastel orange to light pink.
More Clivia Information
American Clivia Society
Clivia Plants and seeds are available for sale from the following nurseries
442 Russells Road, Pine Mountain Ipswich QLD 4306 - phone: 07 54643976
Pine Mountain Nursery is a mail order plant nursery and also specialises in breeding elite agapanthus, clivia and other warm climate bulbs.
862 Midland Highway Mount Rowan Vic 3352
We offer over 245 varieties of Fuchsia, tubestock, pots, baskets and standards. Mail order specialists. Open 7 days by appointment.
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412 James Lane, Fern Hill VIC. 3458 - Phone 0419002651
Large range of Rare plants, Climbers, Bulbs, Perennials Fruit Trees, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. Available both Retail and by Mail Order
365-367 Monbulk Rd, Silvan, Vic., 3795
"Bulb growers since 1951. Specialising in a comprehensive range of bulbs and perennials. Strictly wholesale only. Australia wide mail order service."
470 Monbulk-Silvan Road Monbulk VIC 3793
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357 Monbulk Road SILVAN VIC 3795
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