Clivia miniata Regel
Kaffir Lily, Natal Lily, Bush Lily
Natal lily is native to damp woodlands in South Africa, from Morgan’s Bay in the Eastern Cape Province up into northern KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland. It is not found in the wild in North America. Cultivars like these, popular as house plants, are often called Kaffir lilies.
Identification: Plants are up to 31" (80 cm) in height. Leaves are basal, straplike and long in their natural habitats—usually about 3' (1 m), rarely approaching 6½' (2 m), and 1¾-3½" (5-9 cm) wide. Dense, spherical flowerheads contain 8-20 flowers, each about 1" (2.5 cm) across, with six petals. The natural flowers are vermillion with a pale yellow throat. Various cultivars are orange, apricot-colored, red, yellow, and pink with white or cream-colored centers. Fruits are bright orange to red (yellow with some cultivars).
Edibility: Poisonous. Contains alkaloids, including lycorine. Symptoms include salivation, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; paralysis can result if large amounts are ingested.
Clivia miniata on the South African National Biodiversity Institute's web site, plantzafrica.com
Clivia miniata on www.cliviasociety.org
Clivia miniata on clivia-miniata.com
Clivia miniata on Wikipedia
Clivia miniata on Erv Evans' site at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Clivia miniata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 1 Nov 2013.
Range: Zones 9b-11: