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Eastern Cape Clivia

Clivia nobilis

Also known as

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

Full Shade
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Eastern Cape Clivia

Unusual form of Clivia nobilis with pale yellow flowers

Eastern Cape Clivia Overview

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.

Common problems with Eastern Cape Clivia

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.

Eastern Cape Clivia Companion Plants

Trees provide wonderful shade.

How to harvest Eastern Cape Clivia

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

How to propagate Eastern Cape Clivia


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 of Eastern Cape Clivia

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.

Other uses of Eastern Cape Clivia

Conservatory or greenhouse