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Clivia miniata (Natal Lily)

Natal Lily, Kaffir Lily, Bush Lily


Prized for its brilliant flowers, Clivia miniata (Natal Lily) is an elegant rhizomatous evergreen perennial boasting large clusters of 15-20 funnel-shaped, orange-red flowers from early winter to mid spring. The blossoms, 2.5 in. long (7 cm), are adorned with contrasting yellow throats. They are borne atop erect, thick stems above the dense foliage clump of lustrous, dark green, strap-shaped leaves, up to 2 ft. long (60 cm). Long lasting, the flowers are followed by ornamental red berries. When the plant is not in bloom, its lush, virtually blemish free, evergreen foliage still provides a sculptural presence. Native to South Africa and Swaziland, this gorgeous tropical plant is damaged by freezing temperatures lower than 30°F to 25°F (-1°C to -4°C) and is best in frost-free areas. Natal Lily is a showy and striking addition to beds, borders or containers and is often grown as a houseplant. Good as cut flowers too!

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Easily grown in bright filtered light with shade from hot sun in well-drained soils. Water freely in summer and allow to dry for winter. The soil should be kept just moist until the flower stalk reaches 6 inches (15 cm), then water normally.
  • Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer weekly when in growth up to flower bud formation. 
  • Virtually disease free. Keep an eye out for mealybugs. Root rot, yellow spots on the leaves, or failure to form a flowering stalk may occur if too much water is provided. 
  • Best flower production when the plant is pot bound, however, it should be repotted every 3-4 years in late winter or early spring. Take care to untangle the roots carefully as Natal Lily resents root disturbance.
  • Propagate by seed at 60-70°F (16-21°C) as soon as ripe or by division in late winter or early spring.
  • All parts may cause a stomach upset if ingested.
  • Native to South Africa and Swaziland.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 11
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Clivia
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 11
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Clivia
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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