Native to South Africa, this ever- green member of the amaryllis family offers both spectacular flowers and handsome foliage. It makes an exceptional and long-lived potted plant for indoors or out. In the Tropical South, where it is hardy, it's also a great addition to the mixed border. Blooms dependably in shade.
Large clusters of brilliant orange, funnel-shaped blossoms are carried atop 2 feet stalks that rise above dense clumps of strap-shaped dark green leaves to 112 feet long; attractive red berries follow the flowers. Blossoms may appear in winter, but bloom mainly comes in spring and lasts for weeks. French and Belgian hybrids have extra-wide leaves and yellow to deep orange-red blooms on thick, rigid stalks. Solomone hybrids have pale to deep yellow flowers. 'Flame' is an exceptionally brilliant orange-red. 'Good Hope' has wide leaves and large clusters of clear yellow flowers.
Clivias like bright lightbut don't expose them to direct, hot sun, which will burn and yellow the foliage. Plants with crowded roots bloom better, so resist the urge to repot or divide. From spring to autumn, fertilize potted plants every other week with a general-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer; water when the soil surface becomes dry. You can keep potted plants outdoors from spring to fall, but bring them indoors for winter; they are badly damaged by freezing temperatures. Indoors, they do best near an east-facing window. In winter, to encourage bud set, provide cool temperatures (5060F), cease feeding, and water once every 4 weeks. Outdoors, set plants 1122 feet apart in fertile, moist, well-drained soil.