Clivia, Bush Lily, Fire Lily, Natal Lily, Kaffir Lily, September Lily 'French Hybrid'

Clivia miniata

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clivia (KLY-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: miniata (min-ee-AH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: French Hybrid


Alpines and Rock Gardens

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Gold (yellow-orange)

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Goodyear, Arizona

Anaheim, California

Riverside, California

San Francisco, California

Stockton, California

Brooksville, Florida

Sun City Center, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Broaddus, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 19, 2021, jacquelineemery from Hilton Head, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have 3 of these. I have had them for several years and they bloom for me. They are from Africa and are winter bloomers here in Hilton Head, SC.
I have planted mine in an area that gets dappled sun, and I planted them outside of the reach of my irrigation system, as I read somewhere they don't like too much water in the winter.

We get a lot of rain in August and September and then less in late fall/ winter, so they automatically get a 'rest'. Our winters are short (Dec-Jan), and usually frost free, although temperatures do drop down to just above freezing some days. Most South African plants do well here under these conditions and provide our 'winter blooms'.

My Clivias get by without additional irrigation in my garden. They have relatively fleshy r... read more


On Feb 26, 2014, MamaZ from Merced, CA wrote:

During our freeze, the leaves died and I cut them back. I think I did the wrong thing as the plant now has no greenery and only a couple of small orange blooms have begun to grow. Will the leaves grow back?


On Jan 31, 2014, brachychiton from Bribie Island,
Australia wrote:

A great shade flowering plant that can thrive on neglect. Potash might help those who've had problems getting their clivias to bloom.


On Jan 4, 2010, revlar from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

An easy plant to grow and bloom. The French and Belgian varities were hybridized to produce shorter and wider leaf growth for compact indoor growing habits and large colorful showy umbels. People leaving negative or neutral ratings because their plants don't bloom are the problem !!! .. don't blame the plants !!!!


On Sep 2, 2009, wiggiej from Ann Arbor, MI wrote:

My orange clivia flowers each spring. I think it's helped me to bear in mind that clivias are related to amaryllis and have similar cultural requirements. Both prefer to be kept potbound and require a 'rest period' if you'd like to get them to rebloom. To rest a clivia, give it several months of cool (50-65 F) conditions, bright light (the opposite of what you'd do for an amaryllis) and very little water.


On Aug 5, 2009, mygardens from Croton-on-Hudson, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a very easy plant to grow. I grow it indoors in the winter and outdoors in the summer. It's not fussy about water except it should not be overwatered or left in the rain for extended periods. Regarding the flowering, this plant flowers best when potbound.


On Mar 24, 2008, silviomena from Acton, ON wrote:

I have had this plant for many years and never flowered. I divided it some years ago so I ended up with two plants same story never flowered, so I decided to give one of them to my aunt and it has never failed to flower at her house. Any tips for flowering clivias?


On Dec 23, 2007, EBRACKLE from New Paltz, NY wrote:

My original plant which I purchased in a nursery several years ago flowering has never bloomed for me. Plant has multiplied tremendiously. Have others which were given to me as gifts and have no problem getting them to flower during the summer time while outside. Any suggestions for the plant that won't flower ?