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Transvaal Clivia, Bush Lily
Clivia caulescens

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clivia (KLY-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: caulescens (kawl-ESS-kens) (Info)

Category:

Bulbs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Coral/Apricot

Red-Orange

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Flowers are good for cutting

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Phoenix, Arizona

Anderson, California

Castro Valley, California

Ontario, California

San Leandro, California

Stockton, California

Upland, California

Pierre Part, Louisiana

Wilsall, Montana

Aiken, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Oct 24, 2006, J10planter from Ogden, UT wrote:

Actuallly all I know about this Kafir Lily was I was told
not to change it's direction once it was in a position,
and not to water it during the winter, and that direct sun
would burn the leaves. Can anyone tell me if that is
factual, because that information is contradictory to the
information found here.
J10planter

Positive

On Feb 11, 2006, larrynconnie from New Port Richey, FL wrote:

Plant thrives outdoors in partial shade. Plant is breaking clay pot, it is so rootbound. I will divide next week, but requires the 'patience of Job' to untangle and not damage the roots.

Positive

On Jul 13, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Rare species of Clivia with drooping red-orange flowers, sometimes tinged with green at the tips. Blooms in souhtern California mid summer