Natal Lily (clivia miniata)
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is home to many animals, and we also cultivate plants from those animals’ habitats. You may see some of these plants in the animals” habitats or you can see them in our Victorian Greenhouse. Many of the plants are endangered, just like the animals.
DESCRIPTION: Natal lilies are a clump-forming plant with stocky rhizomes. It has long, bright green, strappy leaves and produce strong flower stems topped with heads of large funnel-shaped flowers in shades of yellow, orange and red. Red berries follow flowering. Plants generally take three years to flower. The flowers are long lasting on the plant and can be used as cut flowers. Mature plants bloom from December to April.
RANGE: Native to South Africa, Swaziland.