- San Diego Zoo
Bloom time (approximate):
- Mid-winter thru spring
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"!