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The sap of C. miniata can aggravate the skin, and consumption of all plant parts may cause stomach discomfort. There are only 4 known species of Clivia.

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Kafir Lily   (Clivia miniata)

C. miniata is native to South Africa. This plant bears brilliant, large clusters of funnel-shaped orange flowers, which appear above dense clumps or dark green evergreen leaves.

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Plant Types: Interior Plant, Perennial
Light: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Height: 1 foot to 3 feet
Width: 1 foot to 4 feet
Zones: 9a to 11b
Bloom Color: Orange
Bloom Seasons: Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring, Late winter
Leaf Color: Green
Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native
Shape: Irregular or sprawling
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Liquid All Purpose Houseplant Food
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Plant Care

When planting Clivia, set them 2 ft. apart. If plant is to be grown in an area that is too cold, plant them in pots and bring them indoors during winter. Sow seeds as soon as ripe. Conduct division in late winter or early spring. Division entails propagating a plant by splitting it into 2 or more parts. Each part has its own root system and more than one shoot or dormant bud.

Plant Growth:

Evergreen perennials. The stalks of the Clivia will grow to be 2 ft. tall. Clivias will start getting damaged at 32°F/0°C, but will survive up to temperatures of 25°F/-4°C. Does best in partial shade. In areas where Clivia does not grow hardy, raise plants indoors as houseplants or in a warm greenhouse. A warm greenhouse has a minimum temperature of 55°F (13°C). During the day, temperatures should be set to 55-64°F (13-18°C) or above, and at night, the temperature should be at 55°F (13°C). In areas with hot climates, grow Clivia in a border or bed.


Orange, red, pink, or yellow flowers are produced. Bloom periods depend on species. Some bloom from spring to fall, others from spring to summer or from winter to spring. Restrict root run to promote flowering.

Soil and Irrigation:

Clivias require regular water and is not fussy about soil type. Does best with well-draining and fertile soils. Water freely during growth, reduce in winter.


Feed container plants regularly; weekly during the growing season until flower buds appear.


Pruning is not usually necessary.


Mealybugs. Other problems include fungal and bacterial spots.