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Kaffir Forest Lily (Queen of Houseplants) or Clivia Miniata

Updated on July 14, 2015

Known as Queen of Houseplants

Kaffir Lily (Clivia Miniata)
Kaffir Lily (Clivia Miniata) | Source
Kaffir Lily (Clivia Miniata)
Kaffir Lily (Clivia Miniata) | Source
baby Kaffir Lily
baby Kaffir Lily | Source

Kaffir Lily (Clivia Miniata)

This plant was given as a present by my friend, it is the most beautiful plant I have ever seen. I was quite excited about it. I thought it was Amaryllis because it looks a bit similar. This plant flowers twice a year. I have this Queen of houseplants for a few years now and it just grow and flower once or twice a year. I am just so excited when it flowers. It is not only the flowers that attract me but its green long leaves which are nice to look at as well.

Origin of Kaffir Lily

Kaffir Lily or Clivia is a native to the moist and shady forest of Southern Africa. From Africa, it was taken to England in 1854, where it was named by John Lindley to honour Lady Charlotte Clive, Duchess of Northumberland. Because of the plants natural ability to survive on shaded forest floors, it quickly gained popularity as a plant well suited to the large shadowy parlours of Victorian Homes.

Kaffir Lily (Clivia Miniata) is one plant I would like to have around the house as it looks so sunny and cheerful plant. Even just the leaves alone are fascinating, long, very green and leathery. The flowers are bright orange and formed like trumpets. It is so easy to look after. I just polish the leaves with a kitchen towel damp with tepid water once in a while when it gets dusty.

I don't really know how to take care of it at first as I did not have any plant like it before. I did not even know the name of the flower until I researched it. It said on my research, not to remove the flower stem until it withers completely before pulling it off from the base of the plant which I did.

The plant is easy to grow, needs good light but shade from strong sun. I put it near my backdoor which is facing south. It seems quite happy in there. Bright light but not direct sunlight.

When it comes to watering I only water it once a week, the plant seems happy with it. I also feed it with- grow more- liquid plant food. This year, I might see if I can make it multiply.

Please if you have any comments about this Queen of houseplants or Kaffir Lily, there is a box below where you can write your comments, thank you.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Very pretty flower..I have several of these in my garden..I heard recently that there is a yellow one..I would like to find one..

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for your kind comment faythef

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      faythef, according to my research, there are other colours out there.

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