A bold-looking plant with dark green, strap-like leaves produced symmetrically on either side of the flower spike. It looks particularly good when the pretty orange and yellow flowers open, creating a superb contrast. Flowering in the early part of the year, the plant provides colour at an often drab time. From autumn to early winter the Clivia prefers a rest. Keep the compost on the dry side and the plant a little cooler, to a minimum of 10°C (50°F). Avoid excessive sunlight, as this can scorch the foliage. Also, do not use too large a pot as the plant flowers better when the roots are a little restricted.

Plant type : Flowering plant with erect, open habit
Season of interest : Late winter to early spring
Size : 40-45cm (16—18in)
Flower : Trumpet-like 5-7.5cm (2—3in) orange and yellow, on 40-45cm (16—18in) stalk
Leaf : Broad, strap-like, 45—60cm (18—24in) long, dark green
Temperature : 15—21°C (59—70°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation with exposure to sunlight, but with some shade
Humidity : Moderate
Watering : Evenly moisten compost from late winter to summer; keep on dry side from autumn to early winter
Feeding : Once every two to three weeks with flowering plant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Tease apart offsets with at least three 25cm (lOin) leaves and pot in houseplant potting compost at 18-20°C (65—68°F) in late summer
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Mealy bug
Availability : Occasionally available from late winter to early spring
Uses indoors : Windowsill plant for most rooms, or table top plant provided very close to window