Clivia nobilis

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

Clivia nobilis (green-tip forest lily), is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clivia, of the family Amaryllidaceae, native to South Africa. It grows to about 38 cm (15 in). It has evergreen strap-shaped leaves, and bears pendent umbels of multiple narrow, trumpet-shaped, red and yellow flowers, tipped with green.[1][2][3]

At a minimum temperature of 10 °C (50 °F), in temperate regions it is normally cultivated as a houseplant. Like its relative C. miniata It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit[4] (confirmed 2017).[5]

Charlotte Percy (née Clive), Duchess of Northumberland (1787–1866), governess of Queen Victoria, was the first to cultivate the plant in the United Kingdom and bring it to flower. The whole genus was subsequently named after the Duchess.

Clivia nobilis


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ Nico Vermeulen:"The Complete Encyclopedia of Container Plants", p. 85. Rebo International, Netherlands, 1998. ISBN 90-366-1584-4
  3. ^ "Botanica. The Illustrated AZ of over 10000 garden plants and how to cultivate them", p. 241. Könemann, 2004. ISBN 3-8331-1253-0
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Clivia nobilis". Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 22. Retrieved 24 January 2018. 

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