Fire Lily

FAMILY: Amaryllidaceae | GENUS: CLIVIA miniata

TYPE
  • Perennials
  • Tubers
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Filtered Light
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
FLOWER COLOR
  • Orange
  • Yellow
IN SEASON
  • Spring Bloom
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Berries
  • Houseplants

Plant Details

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.

Blooming Orange and Yellow Flowers

  • 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 fire lily.
  • 'Good Hope' has wide leaves and large clusters of clear yellow flowers.

Clivia Miniata Growing Tips

  • 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.

Caring for Potted Fire Lilies

  • 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.

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