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PlantFiles: 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)

12 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


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:

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral J10planter 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.

Positive larrynconnie 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 palmbob 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


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

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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