Monday 6 October 2014


Clivia miniata (Natal lily, bush lily) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clivia of the family Amaryllidaceae, native to damp woodland habitats in South Africa (Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces) as well as in Swaziland. It is also reportedly naturalized in Mexico.

It grows to a height of about 45 cm, and flowers are red, orange or yellow, with a faint, but very sweet perfume. It is sometimes known in cultivation as "Kaffir lily". However, this name is also confusingly applied to the genus Schizostylis, and in any case is best avoided as it is considered an offensive ethnic slur in South Africa.
With a minimum temperature of 10 °C, in temperate regions C. miniata is normally cultivated as a houseplant. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit, along with the variety C. miniata var. citrina (shown here). It contains small amounts of lycorine, making it poisonous.

This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Mandarin Orange Monday meme,
and also part of the Nature Footsteps Inspiring Photography meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme.


  1. Hi Nick,

    I like that blue dish in the background. Thanks for this.

    Have a Happy Blue Monday!

  2. These are indeed a beautiful flower called by any name. I will just stick with "Lily", that way I don't risk affending anyone. Your pictures are gorgeous, blue plate and all :)

    Andrea @From The Sol

  3. Love your processing...indeed a gorgeous specimen♪

  4. Your Clivia lilies are so pretty, and I like the artistic treatments, particularly the last one with the color enhanced, such vibrant peach tones.

  5. one of my favopurite flowers. Love your edit as well. :)


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