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The Beautiful Clivia Flower

The wonderful clivia flower can brighten your home and garden during late winter and early spring. This Buzzle article provides information on the varieties of the clivia plant and flowers.

The clivia plant, a small bushy shrub native to Natal, South Africa, was named after Lady Charlotte Florentina Clive, the Duchess of Northumberland, who was the granddaughter of Robert Clive. Clivia is actually pronounced by many as the name Clive. The plants originally belonged to South Africa, but are now grown in most parts of Australia, from Tasmania to the Tropics, and in colder mountain areas. Blooming clivia plants can enhance the beauty of your garden, as they hold the clusters of vibrant yellow and orange flowers on stalks, above the clump of dark green strap-like leaves.

The Beautiful Clivia Flower

The clivia plant is also known as the ‘Winter Lily’ because of its winter blooming. It is one amongst the most popular lily houseplants used to decorate homes, offices, and gardens all over the world. Flowering plants of clivia exhibit a rich bulbous flora. Many societies have been established for giving information about the growth habits of this plant, and how to take care of the plant. The stem of this plant is thick and is surrounded by long linear leaves. The flower appears on top, in the form of a beautiful bouquet. The flower is almost similar in appearance to the amaryllis flower, except it is smaller and the cluster has more flowers. A clivia plant grows about 2-3 feet tall. Leaves are produced in an alternate sequence. A well-grown, healthy plant can have at least three to four shoots which come up straight from the base point. The flower stalks have no leaves and they may be about 20 inches tall, depending upon the variety of the plant. The flowering stem stalk is always close to the center of the plant, hidden among the rich green foliage.

Old varieties discovered in the forests had mostly orange and yellow flowers, but some pastels, red, and very rare varieties, like yellow nobilis and caulescens, have been discovered recently. The plants have been improved over the years, and now a wide range of colors, and even crosses between the four original well-known types have gained popularity. Clivia Miniata is perhaps the most popular type which carries upright florets. The other types have pendulous florets. Clivia Gardenii flowers during autumn, while Miniata, Caulescens, Nobilis and Mirabilis flower in spring. The seed is generally harvested during June, and sold or exchanged amongst growers until September each year. Multiplication of the plant is possible during spring. You may separate the bulbs growing at the stem’s base. The separation should be done late in spring, after the blooming.