This plant produces clusters of orange flowers that are spectacular, and well worth the effort of growing this large, remarkably tough plant.
Indoor Flowering Plants
bright to medium
evenly moist during the spring and summer, dry during the winter
Average house during most of the year. In November and December grow on the dry side and if possible put in a cooler location.
orange, lily-like in clusters on a long flat stalk, yellow flowering varieties availiable but are very expensive
seeds are produced in a green fruit that turns red
thick fleshy strap-like, two ranked (arise from the base of the plant directly opposite of each other), gives the plant appearance of a flat vase
roots are thick and fleshy, will fill up the pot and on many occasions crack the pot
I have had them fill out a 16-24" pot. Around 30" in height.
This plant prefers to be crowded in the pot, for best results transplant and or divide when the roots have filled the pot
division of the crown, slow from seeds
The Clivia are native to the shady forest floors of southern Africa.
The plant was brought to England in 1854 and was named in honor of Lady Charlotte Clive, Duchess of Northumberland.
Very popular as house plants during the Victorian era.
I have grown this plant for many years in the greenhouses at Franklin High School and it is a remarkably tough plant. There were times when we divided very old plants, that were solid root masses and had to use a saw to cut apart. Repotted and they survived.