Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Clivia x cyrtanthiflora, a Clivia Lily

Clivia x crytanthiflora ,Clivia Lily
I originally made a post of this with a description for Clivia nobilis but thanks to Ken for sending me the correct name. Another mate Craig also said it didn't look like C nobilis either.
This is the first of the Clivia Lilies to flower ,the more common Clivia miniata comes into flower during the next couple of months. Clivias are always grouped with bulbs ,though the only resemblance to a bulb is that they have a thickened stem at the base and very fleshy roots.
Clivia nobilis has salmon coloured ,green tipped tubular bell flowers .
Even the cluster of red berries which follow the flowers are decorative and they seem to last for months C nobilis is from eastern Cape Province in South Africa. The broad strap shaped leaves are slightly longer and are rough to touch along the margins compared to other species.
Clivia x crytanthiflora is of garden origin.

1 comment:

  1. Ian,
    The image you have labelled Clivia nobilis is the hybrid Clivia Clivia x cyrtanthiflora. It is a very common garden plant in the older gardens around Australia. The true species nobilis is not commonly grown.