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Location

  • San Diego Zoo

Bloom time (approximate):

  • Mid-winter thru spring

Gardens

Plants: Species

Clivia or African Lily Clivia miniata

FAMILY: AMARYLLIDACEAE (Amaryllis Family)

The African lily Clivia miniata isn't really a lily at all, but rather a member of the amaryllis family native to South Africa. During its blooming season from mid-winter through spring, the deep green, strap-like leaves are adorned with clusters of funnel-shaped, orange blossoms that bear a resemblance to lilies. Clivia is also used as this plant's common name, but many people are uncertain how to pronounce it. The answer comes from its nomenclature. During the mid-1800s, John Lindley described this plant for science and named it after Lady Clive, the duchess of Northumberland. Therefore, clivia is pronounced with the long "i"!