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Products > Clivia miniata 'San Marcos Yellow'
Clivia miniata 'San Marcos Yellow' - Select Yellow 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: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Clivia miniata var. aurea]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Clivia miniata 'San Marcos Yellow' (Select Yellow Clivia) - An evergreen bulb-like perennial that forms clumps 2 feet tall and wide with narrow long dark green blunt-tipped leaves. Typically orange flowering, this unique yellow flowering form typically commences flowering in mid to late winter and continues through early spring. After flowering, plants can produce showy fruit which, like the flowers, are yellow. This very tough evergreen plant is best suited to dry shaded locations in fairly frost-free gardens but it will tolerate situations with regular irrigation as well as winter temperatures into the low 20s F. In colder climates plants can be brought in during the winter. The earliest record of yellow flowering Clivia miniata is from when one was displayed in Europe in 1888 and another was discovered around this time in the wild in KwaZuluNatal. The plant was formally described in 1899 as Clivia miniata var. citrina by sir William Watson, who name was commemorated by the naming of Watsonia. Plants from KwaZuluNatal region made there was to Kew Gardens as early as 1893 and was given the cultivar name 'Eshowe Yellow' for the town Eshowe near where the plant was collected. Our yellow Clivia is a result of a controlled breeding program initiated at our nursery in the mid 1980s using Santa Barbara clivia breeder Dave Conway's amazing yellow selection Clivia miniata 'Lemon Chiffon' as the seed parent and pollinating it with plants received from clivia enthusiast Dr. Glynne Couvillion and from Watsonville clivia breeder Joe Solomone. After years of careful hand pollination and isolation of mother stock we were able to release our first crops of yellow flowering seed grown plants in 1993, calling them the first "affordable yellow clivias".  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Clivia "San Marcos Yellow".