Clivia gardenii

Water Needs

dry; moderate; high

Clivia gardenii
Bulb
Major Garden’s Clivia

60 x 50 cm

Size

Light Conditions

shade

Frost

tender

Flowers

a peachy yellow edged with green, peachy coral on top and bright green on the lower lip, or peachy coral with a yellow stripe edged in green. April to June; autumn

shade; semi-shade; container; rockery; paving; walls; wildlife butterflies birds; narrow spaces;

Garden Situation

Habitat

woodland forest; rocky places

Region

subtropical east coast

Rain Season

summer

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Description

Clivia gardenii, Major Garden’s Clivia occurs from the KZN Midlands through to Kloof in the mistbelt above Durban. This is perhaps the most beautiful of the dropping species with flowers ranging in colour from a peachy yellow edged with green, peachy coral on top and bright green on the lower lip, or peachy coral with a yellow stripe edged in green. The plants usually grow in pockets of accumulated forest debris along cliffs or rocky areas or even on the limbs of large trees in deep shade. With the protection of mature trees or an overhang, mature Clivia will tolerate a slight frost, but it damages the plant and opens it up to fungal infection. Clivia gardenia blooms from April to June and sometimes flower will form again in the fall. It has the same growth habitat as Clivia miniata, so its culture is much the same: provide water, fertilizer and good light in the summer and make sure to keep it drier and cooler in the fall to promote flowering. There are about 14 – 20 flower in each inflorescence. Height: ±60cm with a spread of ±50cm. Sadly it's popularity as a medicinal plant, and the fact that the rhizome is removed for use has led to the demise of natural Clivia populations in many areas. This Clivia is frost tender and requires light shade and high rainfall.

Clivia gardenii
Clivia gardenii