Eastern Cape Clivia

Clivia nobilis

Eastern Cape Bush Lily, Boslelie (Afr.), Umayime (Isixhosa & Isizulu)

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Clivia nobilis was the first Clivia that was discovered and named and as such this can really be considered to be the "type species" of the genus. The rate of growth of C. nobilis is considerably slower than all of the other Clivia species and it requires very little water to survive. Under favourable conditions, this species is a long-lived plant and will outlive many generations. Look at the flowers closely and you will see how truly exquisite they are. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Autumn, Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Harvest seed from the berries when they turn red and sow immediately without allowing the seed to dry, just covering the seed.

Propagation

Seed

Remove the outer layer's pulp from the pearly white seeds and plant in a deep tray (keep there for two years), fill with a sterilised seedling mix and cover the seed with a thin layer of soil. Seeds germinate in six to eight weeks. Seedlings can take up to 6 years before flowering.

Special features

Drought resistant

Clivia nobilis can survive with much less water than Clivia miniata. Watering can be greatly reduced during the winter months, when the plants are at rest.

Pot plant

Make sure the soil is well drained and rich in compost.

Indoor plant

Indoor clivias appreciate bright indirect light

Attractive leaves

Attractive fruits

Attracts birds

Attractive flowers

Florets are pinkish yellow to dark red with green tips.

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Eastern Cape Province, specifically from the Sundays River Mouth.

Natural climate

Summer rainfall forest areas

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Flower colour

Red, Cream, Green, Orange

Scent

None

Problems

Slugs and snails do much damage to the young tender growths. Snout beetle damages the leaves and can be eliminated by a contact insecticide. Rot is also the greatest threat to germinating seeds and young seedlings.

Companion plants

Credits

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Clivia nobilis by John Winter, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, January 2006 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)