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, Kaffir lily) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clivia of the family Amaryllidaceae, native, growing in woodland habitats[1] in South Africa (Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces) as well as in Swaziland. Given suitable conditions it grows into large clumps and is surprisingly water wise. It is also reportedly naturalized in Mexico.[2] It is a popular plant for shady areas and is commonly seen growing in older established suburbs in most Australian states. It is also popular in New Zealand, Japan, China and southern parts of the USA , particularly California.

It grows to a height of about 45 cm (18 in), and flowers are red, orange or yellow, sometimes 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 Hesperantha.

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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