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.