Hand-me-down Plant: Please Identify
My grandmother recently gave me this houseplant, but doesn’t remember what type of plant it is. It grows from a bulb, and it blooms once a year. I’d love to know what kind of plant it is, so that I can take care of it well. Thanks!
Your plant is called a Clivia Plant. A Clivia is an easy care almost indestructible flowering plant from South Africa and is a close relative of Amaryllis Plants. A Clivia Plant, named after a Duchess of the Clive Family, has long, thick, dark-green arching leaves coming out of a bulb like base. The trumpet or lily shaped flowers of a Clivia Plant are about 2″ in size and can be orange, orange/red, yellow, or cream colored. These Clivia flowers appear as a dense cluster of 15-20 blooms at the end of a long stem. A Clivia Plant blooms for about 4 weeks during the late spring and early summer when the weather is warm and the days are long. A Clivia is a large plant that can grow 2-3 feet tall and almost as wide. Keep it in a heavy clay or ceramic pot so it won’t so fall over. The older a Clivia Plant gets the more beautiful it becomes. You can get complete care tips for a Clivia in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.