Swamp Bush Lily
Swamp Clivia, Bush Lily, Boslelie (Afr.)
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Clivia robusta or swamp clivia is the largest growing member of the Clivia family and can reach over 1.5 m high in ideal conditions, but usually, will grow to about 1 m tall. The name ‘robusta’ is in reference to the robust nature of this species, and it also resembles a robust form of the species, Clivia gardenii. It is a strong grower and is said to be more tolerant of sun and over-watering than most other Clivia. They have the ability to grow near, or in running or pools of water and can handle poorly draining soils while other clivias can’t, but it also does well in well-drained soils. Clivia robusta makes an ideal easy-care, eye-catching plant for your garden – all of your visitors will be asking what it is. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal.
Autumn, Winter, Spring
Harvest seed from the berries when they turn red and sow immediately without allowing the seed to dry, just covering the seed. Seeds germinate within 4 weeks.
Harvest seed from the berries when they turn red and sow immediately without allowing the seed to dry.
The orange-red pendulous flowers with pronounced green tips vary in colours from baby pink to deep red and are similar to C. gardenii.
South Africa, Pondoland
Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Yellow, Orange, Green
Slugs and snails are a problem, particularly when the flower buds start appearing. Other pests are mealybugs, amaryllis caterpillar, scale, and snout beetle which all need to be eliminated by spraying with a suitable insecticide.