Clivia miniata

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Bush lily
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Genus: Clivia
Species: C. miniata
Binomial name
Clivia miniata

Clivia miniata (Natal lily, bush lily) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clivia of the family Amaryllidaceae, native to damp woodland habitats[1] in South Africa (Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces) as well as in Swaziland. It is also reportedly naturalized in Mexico.[2]

It grows to a height of about 45 cm (18 in), and flowers are red, orange or yellow, with a faint, but very sweet perfume. It is sometimes known in cultivation as "Kaffir lily" (a term considered offensive in South Africa).[3] The same name is also applied to the genus Schizostylis.

With a minimum temperature of 10 °C (50 °F), in temperate regions C. miniata is normally cultivated as a houseplant. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit,[4] along with the variety C. miniata var. citrina.[5]

It contains small amounts of lycorine, making it poisonous.



  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ "Information about Kaffir Lily". Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Clivia miniata". Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Clivia miniata var. 'citrina'". Retrieved 16 June 2013. 

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