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Clivia nobilis - Drooping Clivia, Cape Clivia

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb
Family: Amaryllidaceae (Onions)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Clivia nobilis (Drooping Clivia, Cape Clivia) A 1-2 foot tall evergreen rhizomatous perennial that forms tight clumps of strap-shaped, dark non-glossy green leaves with slightly serrated edges and a rounded tip. Arranged in an umbel the long-blooming, tubular orange flowers in spring and summer (later than Clivia miniata) droop downward and are followed by marble sized red berries. It enjoys bright shade or morning sun and moisture and will take temperatures down to about 28 degrees F. This plant grows naturally on the summer rainfall east coast of South Africa where it is often found in sand dunes and upwards into the Zuurberg Mountains to an altitude of 2,000 feet where it grows along river banks and rocky outcrops. In 1815 William Burchell first collected this plant near Grahamstown and it the first Clivia to be described in 1828 by Kew botanist John Lindley who named it to honor of Lady Charlotte Florentia Clive who married Duke Hugh Percy to become Charlotte Florentia Percy, Duchess of Northumberland, who was an avid plant lover and gardener. This species became a popular plant in Europe but this popularity was eclipsed by Clivia miniata when it was imported and since that time Clivia nobilis has become relatively rare in cultivation. We grew this plant from 1999 until 2014. It is one parent of several hybrids (Clivia x cyrtanthiflora) that we continue to grow.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Clivia nobilis.
 
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