Sunday, 13 December 2009

Today's Flowers #70 Clivia

The Clivia or Kaffir Lily is a member of the Amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae) native to Southern Africa. It is also known as the bush lily. The flowers emerge almost secretively from the shelter at the base of the strappy evergreen leaves. Unlike many plants it thrives in conditions varying from bright to dim light and in dry or moist soil. For best results though, it should be grown in bright diffused light in moist soil.
In the summer it can be taken outside but needs to be brought in before first frosts. Eventually the fleshy roots fill the pot and then the plant can be divided. Clivias benefit from a dry rest period of about two months in winter - flowers produced from plants that have not rested rarely grow their stems much above the base of the plant.
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11 comments:

  1. A pretty flower which I've not heard of before today! Thank you for posting!

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  2. Flowers are the sweetest things God
    ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
    - Henry Ward Beecher, Life Thoughts

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture!!

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  3. This is lovely! Nice macro!
    Thanks for sharing the info about this pretty bloom.

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  4. Pretty flower ... love the vibrant colors! I've not shared flowers yet this week, but I just posted Pet Pride and Mellow Yellow Monday at Small Reflections ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  5. Clivias have such a cheerful colour and glow among the background greenery.

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  6. How nice, I haven't heard of Clivia before, and it's color is very cool to the eyes. A new flower has been added to my list. Thanks for sharing.

    AL

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  7. Nice catch! Mine is up. Hope to see you.

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  8. Lovely--and very unique--lily. Your description is even poetic!
    Have a great week, my Friend.

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  9. awesome shot....there are really many kinds of lilies and it's nice to see one of 'em here

    mine is here

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  10. A beautiful flower and photo and also I enjoyed the information about its care. Having a toxic thumb and not a green one, this helps! :) Thanks so much.

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