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South African and Australian Natives

Clivia x cyrtanthiflora bloom size

A hybrid between the flaring flowers sported by Clivia miniata, and the tubular flowers of Clivia nobilis, this smaller growing plant has a lot to offer as a very unusual, blooming houseplant.  The flowers have  orange, widely tubular flowers with a touch of green at the tips. Like most Clivia, a cool, dry rest in the winter will ensure good blooming in the spring.

(Amaryllidaceae) Clivia are only found naturally in southern Africa and beloved as houseplants all around the world. Clivia=Lady Clive, Duchess of Northumberland who grew the type species, Clivia nobilis ('nobilis' is also a reference to her nobility), miniata=color of red lead (referring the flowers). 

Light: Dappled to full shade outside. Indoors in medium, indirect light.

Water: Average water needs, but it is important that the soil mix be very light. Like other Clivia, a dry, cool period in the winter will contribute to good blooming.

Soil: Very well draining, but rich. A good mix would have high organic matter content and a lot of pummice or perlite. The plants usually grow in pockets of accumulated forest debris along cliffs or rocky areas or even on the limbs of large trees.

Fertilizer: A layer of well-rotted manure or compost and all-purpose, slow-release fertilizer

Hardiness: Zone 10 with protection of mature trees or an overhang. Mature Clivia will tolerate a slight frost, but it damages the plant and opens it up to fungal infection.

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