February 19th, 2013
The Clivia are Blooming in the Hoophouse!
Posted by Francesca
We were making the rounds with Ryan, the gardener, the other day. He took us into the hoophouse where he keeps Martha's potted citrus trees for the winter. I happened to notice that the clivia plants were blooming. Clivia are such happy looking flowers!
1 Well, here we are in the hoop house with Ryan and I am very happy to see that Martha's clivia collection is beginning to bloom.
2 Hoist me up, Ryan, so I can have a better look at these beautiful flowers.
3 Clivia is a genus of durable shade plants in the Amaryllis family, native to South Africa.
4 Sharkey, although there are 4 species in the genus, it is the Clivia miniata that is most commonly found in cultivation in the United States.
5 These lovely yellow blooms belong to clivia Sir John Thuron, a rather rare variety that Sir John Thuron, an esteemed plantsman, brought from Britain to his gardens in Philadelphia in the 1950s. Martha is lucky to have one.
6 Sharkey, clivias are more commonly found bearing orange flowers, like this one.
7 Clivias grow best where they receive bright daylight but little or no direct sun, as they burn easily.
8 In addition to the rare yellow and the more common orange, clivia flowers also bloom bright red.
9 The flowers are arranged in umbels, or clusters, upon a single long stalk called a peduncle.
10 Unlike the amaryllis, these long strap-shaped leaves are evergreen and they grow from thick branching roots, or rhizomes, and not a bulb. That's all I can tell you for now about clivia, Sharkey.
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