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Clivia miniata flower

Over recent years the yellow flowering Clivia miniata has become very popular, a change from the traditional orange. However you can find a lot more in terms of variety from specialist clivia breeders including multi colored flowers and different flower forms

The very popular Clivia miniata (picture right) are some of the most popular indoor plants available for sale and are perhaps one of the best shade plants for dry conditions.

Although these wonderful plants are sometimes called the Clivia Lily, they are not lilies at all.

Growers specialize in both species and hybrids with some fascinating forms and color combinations available they offer both clivia plants and seeds for sale and can readily supply plants such as Yellow clivia which are increasingly popular in the US.

Clivia miniata are just one of the popular species and with the flowers being long lasting, they do look great in the shade garden.



Clivia miniata yellow hybrid

In terms of varieties, within the Clivia miniata group of hybrids the types are endless. The amazing Clivia miniata 'Striped petal' pictured right, is just the beginning. so many pastel hybrids, multi petal and broad leaf forms that it is difficult to list.

In terms of Clivia miniata hybrids we have :

  • Clivia miniata citrina - Yellow flowering
  • Variegated foliage - Green foliage with yellow to white bands.
  • Multi-petal and Striped Petals
  • Keeled Petal - Flowers that have a ruffled appearance.
  • Tulip Shaped - Flowers that are tulip, or bud shaped.

Then we have the Clivia species :

Clivia species are the six from which all of the modern hybrids, including Interspecific hybrids and Belgian hybrids have been developed and are :

  • Clivia gardenii
  • Clivia caulescens
  • Clivia miniata
  • Clivia mirabilis
  • Clivia nobilis (pictured below right)
  • Clivia robusta
Clivia miniata - 'Light of Buddah'

Renowned hybridizers including Dr. Hirao, Mr. Nakamura and Toshiyuki Hosoya (Toshi) have been responsible for many exciting and new cultivars that have been developed in Japan. These include Akebomo, Multi petal, Variegated, Green (Hirao), Daruma, Fukurin, Broadleaf and Short leaf forms of clivia.

Breeders in South Africa, Belgium, China, Australia and the USA are also producing a fascinating range of clivia including new colors and improved flowers and leaf forms.


Clivia miniata - 'A nakayama'


Usually from seed which can be surface sown in mid spring. Ensure that the seeds get cold night time temperatures during the germination period.

Plants will take around 6 years to flower from seed. Viable seed will need be found, and hand pollination is often used to ensure seed set.

Clivia are also propagated by division, much easier than by seed. Established clumps can be divided just after flowering.

No need to cut the foliage back, just divide, re-pot and water in.

Growing Clivia Indoors

Why are Clivia so Popular as indoor plants ?

Firstly they have great flowers and good foliage. However it is the their growing requirements that make so suitable for indoors.

  • Dry soil.
  • Dry Air.
  • Good strong filtered light.

They also thrive on neglect, they like to be pot-bound.


  • Large orange to yellow and multi colored flowers
  • Part shade
  • Protect from frosts and cold
  • Well drained soil
  • Hardy as an outdoor plant to USDA Zone 9

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Where to Buy

SHIELDS GARDEN P.O. Box 92 Westfield, In 46074 U.S.A. PH - 317-867-3344

CLIVIA USA 8 Ocean View Road Swampscott, Ma 01907 - sales@cliviausa.com
We offer both plant and seeds of rare and hard to find clivia species. Hirao Crosses, Appleblossoms, Etc.