Clivia miniata var. citrina S. Watson
Yellow Clivia, Yellow Bush Lily, Lemon-colored Natal Lily
Clivia miniata var. flava
Color: Light lemon-yellow
Bloom Time: Spring and summer
Clivia miniata var. citrina is an evergreen perennial with umbels of light lemon-yellow trumpet-shaped, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long flowers that appear in spring and summer. It grows up to 32 inches (80 cm) tall in flower. The strap-shaped arching leaves are light to deep green, arranged in 2 opposite rows and sheathing at the base, forming a short pseudostem.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Clivia plants require partial to full shade and fast-draining loamy soils to produce healthy growth.
Spread a 1-inch (2.5-cm) layer of mulch around the Clivia plant with a rake. Keep the mulch 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) from the plant's base to avoid rot.
Water the Clivia plant when the top 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) of soil becomes dry using a garden hose during the active growing season. Keep the soil moist but never soggy. Never water the Clivia to the point that there is standing water on the soil's surface. Reduce watering in the late fall and winter months when the plant enters dormancy. Water dormant Clivia plants when the top 3 to 5 inches (7.5 to 12.5 cm) of soil becomes dry.
Fertilize the Clivia with a 6-6-6 nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium formulation slow-release fertilizer every three months during the growing season. Apply at a rate of 1 teaspoon per square foot of soil. Spread the fertilizer in a ring around the Clivia plant, keeping the granules 12 inches (30 cm) from its base. Rake the fertilizer into the top 3 inches (7.5 cm) of soil. Water the area thoroughly. Do not apply fertilizer while the plant is dormant.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Clivia.
This variety is native to South Africa (Natal).
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