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Bush Lily

Clivia miniata

Also known as

Clivia, Natal Lily, September Lily, St. John's Lily, Boslelie (Afr.), Umayime (Zulu), Kaffir lily

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Bush Lily Overview

This is the plant we all know as Clivia. Pretty orange trumpet-shaped flowers during spring on a long flowering stalk. Easily cultivated and very rewarding with a striking display of flowers when they bloom. Clivia miniata is the most frequently hybridized Clivia and the plant we often have in our homes and see in garden centres. Many hybrids have been registered! The natural yellow form is known as Clivia miniata var. citrina. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga.

Common problems with Bush Lily

Aphids, Lily borer, Mealy bug, Red spider mite, Slugs, and Snails, Snout beetle.

Bush Lily Companion Plants

How to harvest Bush Lily

Seeds can be harvested by removing them out of the berries as soon as the berry is mature(colored red or yellow) and starts to soften. The seeds should be washed with water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid.

How to propagate Bush Lily

Seed

Harvest seed from the berries when they turn red. Sow fresh seed immediately without allowing the seed to dry. Cover with a thin layer of soil and keep moist.

Division

Large clumps can be split up using two forks to lever them apart or individual plants can be removed using a clean, sharp spade.

Suckers

Large clumps can be split up using two forks to lever them apart or individual plants can be removed using a clean, sharp spade. Do not remove the suckers too soon! Wait until they have developed roots(at least two years).

Special features of Bush Lily

Drought resistant

Watering can be greatly reduced during the winter months, when the plants are at rest.

Pot plant

They should be grown in a well drained potting medium which has plenty of compost added.

Attractive leaves

Dark green, strap-shaped leaves sometimes with variegated stripes on them.

Attractive fruits

Attracts birds

Attractive flowers

The normal colour of the flowers is orange with a yellowish-white throat, although a colour range from whitish yellow through pale oranges, dark orange and approaching red is known.

Other uses of Bush Lily

Indoors, greenhouse, container.

Medicinal

Used in traditional medicine

Ornamental

Clivias

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