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Products > Clivia miniata 'French Hybrids'
 
Clivia miniata 'French Hybrids' - Orange Clivia
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb/Tuber/Rhizome etc.
Family: Amaryllidaceae (Onions)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Clivia miniata 'French Hybrids' (Orange Clivia) - An evergreen strap-leaved perennial that grows to about 2 feet tall by 2 feet tall with 2 1/2 to 4 inch wide deep dark green and produces dark orange flowers from late winter to early spring on fleshy rigid stems that rise above the foliage.

Plant in light shade and provide regular watering. Hardy to 26-28 F - needs a hear frostless climate if grown outdoors but can be overwintered indoors.

Clivia miniata 'French Hybrids' are a strain of clivia with broader leaves than for species plants of Clivia miniata. The name can be traced back to Monrovia Nursery from the 1970s but we have never found a reference citing who in France may have developed it and while it has described as taller than the Belgian hybrids, which are also wider leafed than typical Clivia miniata, the differences between these two groups of plants seem minor at this point. The original Belgian strain were more compact plants with shorter wide thick leaves having mid orange colored flowers, but more recently plants grown as Belgian hybrids tend to have longer thinner leaves very similar to what are sold as French hybrids. As Harold Koopowitz states in his book Clivias (Timber Press, 2002), "A number of other strains masquerade as Belgian hybrids. While some are dwarf, they usually do not have the same flower configuration. In California any clivia plant of European origin is sometimes called a Belgian hybrid. 'Belgian Hybrid Orange'. We received our original seed as being French Hybrid, so we continue to call it by this name today. 

This information about Clivia miniata 'French Hybrids' displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.

 
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