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Clivia x cyrtanthiflora

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Hybrid Clivia (Clivia x cyrtanthiflora) at Roger's Gardens

Hybrid Clivia flowers

Hybrid Clivia flowers

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9b

Other Names:  Fire Lily, Bush Lily, Kaffir Lily

Description:

A beautiful bulb plant for the frost free garden, or potted to move indoors in winter; striking clusters of orange blooms that dangle from stalks, just above the dark green foliage; water more in spring and less in summer or winter

Ornamental Features

Hybrid Clivia features showy clusters of lightly-scented orange trumpet-shaped flowers with buttery yellow throats at the ends of the stems from mid winter to late fall. Its attractive large sword-like leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Hybrid Clivia is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Hybrid Clivia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Hybrid Clivia will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Hybrid Clivia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Ornamental Features