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Clivia nobilis AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Clump-forming

Toxicity

All parts may cause a stomach upset if ingested; sap may irritate skin

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Flower

Red and Yellow in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

green-tip forest lily

Family

Amaryllidaceae


Clivia are evergreen perennials, the strap-shaped leaves sheathing to form a swollen bulb-like base. Showy trumpet-shaped or tubular flowers are borne in an umbel on a stout erect stem

C. nobilis is an evergreen perennial with strap-shaped leaves and erect stems bearing umbels of curved, tubular red and yellow flowers each 3-4cm in length, in spring and summer

Other common names

  • green-tip kaffir lily

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Under glass grow in loam-based potting compost with added leaf mould and grit, in bright filtered light with shade from hot sun. Water freely in summer and keep barely moist in winter. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser weekly when in growth up to flower bud formation. Do not repot regularly as these plants resent root disturbance and need a restricted root run to encourage flowering

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 16-21 °C as soon as ripe or by division in late winter or early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

mealybugs may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free