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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
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 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 in Santa Barbara and those from Watsonville clivia breeder, the late 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". We also grow a large flowered selected form we released in 2005 called Clivia miniata 'Arturo's Yellow' as well as Dave Conway's for 'Lemon Chiffon' that served as our original seed parent for the 'San Marcos Yellow' plants and in 2020 we released plants of Sir Peter Smithers' 'Vico Yellow', "once called the world's best yellow Clivia", which we had been building stock from a single plant received in 1998.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, 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 where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome 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 would aid others in growing Clivia "San Marcos Yellow".