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CLIVIA MINIATA - Beautify Your Home

Updated on June 14, 2012

Four years ago, my Mom gave me a gift certificate to a flower farm for Mother's Day. Since I lived in a very cold part of the country at the time and pretty much everything I planted outdoors died from the cold, I decided that I would use it to purchase a house plant, the Clivia Miniata - a flowering plant that is indigenous to South Africa. I first laid eyes on a Clivia that was blooming in my mother's front window and thought it was the most interestingly beautiful house plant I had ever seen. The Clivia has strong, sturdy, deep-green leaves that grow up through the center of the plant and then spread out like a fan on each side. The blooms begin the same as the leaves, growing up through the center of the plant on a long stalk. The top of the stalk holds a cluster of many buds that eventually bloom into the deepest and unique color of orange. (There are Clivias with yellow blooms, as well!  It's so exciting!)

My Clivia magnificently bloomed three times after it arrived. Then, two winters ago, our temperatures plummeted to 28 below zero, and it just so happened while we were away visiting family at Christmas time. Unfortunately, for my house plants, the pilot light on our heater was blown out and they all froze. My Clivia, however, was quite the trooper and even though the ends of the leaves did eventually dry up and die, the rest of the plant remained intact and is thriving today. It even had a baby, which I transplanted and is currently blooming for me!

These plants are wonderfully hardy and tolerant. Even without a bloom, they are a bright and cheerful addition to any room. They do love the sunshine, so give them a window in a sunny location, water them when the soil dries out and they will not dissapoint you!

For more information on the origin of the Clivia Miniata, I suggest you check out http://www.americancliviasociety.org/Article-2.html.

Mother Plant
Mother Plant
Mother Plant
Mother Plant
Clivia Baby Plant
Clivia Baby Plant
Clivia Baby Plant blossom
Clivia Baby Plant blossom
Clivia Baby Plant bud cluster
Clivia Baby Plant bud cluster
Clivia Mother Plant with Baby behind it
Clivia Mother Plant with Baby behind it

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      PrettyPanther 6 years ago from Oregon

      What a beautiful plant! I'm going on a search to find one. :-)

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      sallieannluvslife 6 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Have you ever heard of White Flower Farm? They have a website and a catalog...I know they have them...hope its ok to mention that...Let me know if you get the orange or yellow, I would LOVE to see the yellow in full bloom!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Wow - cool stuff. I love having a colorful plant in the house. I'm moving soon, but I will look in to these after I do. Thanks! Voted up and interesting.

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      sallieannluvslife 5 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Thanks Natashalh - you will not be disappointed with the clivia. My baby bloomed again this year and was just as beautiful as last year. Best of luck with your move!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Indeed, CLIVIA MINIATA grows everywhere down here in South Africa. I have a few in my garden as well. The orange is the common one. The hybrids are pink and yellow - beautiful!

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      sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Thanks Martie! You live in South Africa!? How extraordinarily exciting! I would love to have a pink clivia! Do you think you could put a picture of one on hubpages? My mama orange one is going to bloom again pretty soon. I am very thrilled that she keeps blooming. I am looking forward to reading your hubs!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Sallie, you will see some pictures in here - but also elsewhere.... Just ask Google...

      http://www.cliviape.co.za/

      http://www.cliviape.co.za/gallery.htm

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      sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Thanks so much for the clivia links, Martie! They are such a beautiful flower!

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      Carrie Kruger(Clivia Passion) 3 years ago from Sedgefield,Western Cape, South Africa

      Hey Sallie, you can have a look at Utopia Clivia plants if you want to:)

      I think you are going to find them great as we are all lovers of them :)

      We do a great job in our plants and crossing and more.

      Feel free to visit our official Utopia Clivias home page :)

      http://utopiaclivias.co.za

      Greetings from South Africa ! :)

      Have a great day!

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      sallieannluvslife 3 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Hi Utopia Clivia! Thanks for the website! I will definitely be checking it out....BTW right now, both my Mama plant and baby plant have beautiful blooms - at the same time! I just love these beautiful plants!

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