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CLIVIA miniata 'Aurea'

Image of Clivia miniata 'Aurea'

Michael Charters, www.calflora.net

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

CLIVIA miniata 'Aurea'

Plant Common Name

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General Description

Attractive and adaptable, this evergreen herbaceous perennial from South Africa produces sturdy-stemmed clusters (umbels) of orange trumpet-shaped blooms above a graceful fountain of strappy, fibrous, dark green foliage. Flowering usually occurs in winter and spring, but occasionally at other seasons. Many cultivars are available including yellow-flowered and variegated selections.

This bulbous, freeze-intolerant plant thrives in partial shade and porous, gritty but humus-rich, well-drained soil. Provide moisture and fertilizer from spring to fall after flowering ends to encourage more leafy growth and production of larger bulbs. In winter the soil must be much drier. Use clivia as a conservatory or house plant in a heavy clay pot, or outdoors in shaded perennial borders or mixed plantings where hardy. Plants resent root disturbance.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-20" / 30.5cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    South Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Red, Orange

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Houseplant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No