RED CLIVIA Miniata, Natal Kaffir Lily, Rare Bulb

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Pre-ordering is available for these tiny bulbs as they cannot be shipping during the freezing temperatures. They will be shipped in late April. If you order other seeds, your other seeds will be shipped right away, and only the Clivia backordered. Your order will display as shipped by next business day, which confirms that the the Clivia seeds are reserved, and we will ship once the weather warms! :)

Clivia miniata, the Natal lily or bush lily or kaffir lily, is native to woodland habitats in South Africa and Eswatini. Given suitable conditions it grows into large clumps and is surprisingly water wise. It is also reportedly naturalized in Mexico. It is a popular plant for shady areas and is commonly seen growing in older established suburbs in most Australian states. It is also popular in New Zealand, Japan, China and the USA, particularly California.

The bush lily has a fleshy, mostly underground stem (rhizome) to 2 cm (1 in) in diameter, with numerous fleshy roots. The stem produces long, arching, strap-like leaves growing to about 45 cm (18 in) long. The showy yellow flowers are funnel-shaped, sometimes with a faint, but very sweet perfume.

It is sometimes known in cultivation as "Kaffir lily" (a term considered offensive in South Africa).

It contains small amounts of lycorine, making it poisonous.

With a minimum temperature of 10 °C (50 °F), in temperate regions C. miniata is normally cultivated as a houseplant. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. In warmer sites, it can grow outdoors and is used in landscapes for its attractive evergreen foliage and showy flowers. This clump-forming plant spreads via rhizomes and is particularly suited for shady areas.

These bulbs are EXTREMELY RARE! Please note we are offering them individually one (1) bulb per order. You are welcome order as many as you like! Sorry they are not cheap, but it was either this, or not offer them at all, and generally our customers prefer the choice and selection anyways.

Germination: These magnificent plants are easy to germinate! Place the bulbs about half way into a tropical plant mix. Keep moist, but never saturated with water. Place in a warm location out of direct sun.

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