One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A southern African plant of the lily family, with dark green straplike leaves and trumpet-shaped orange, red, or yellow flowers.
Genus Clivia, family Liliaceae (or Amaryllidaceae)Also called Kaffir lily
- ‘Star jasmine trained in a diamond pattern against the wall, yellow clivia, and dwarf abutilon in hanging baskets add interest lower down.’
- ‘‘She also saw clivias which she said was one of her favourites because of the orange flowers,’ said Mr Gill.’
- ‘It is planted with many varieties of Cape fynbos, cycads, huge strelitzias, beds of clivias, large arum lilies, proteas and trees such as yellowwood and cabbage.’
- ‘The base of the trees are planted with clivias, cannas, wild rhubarb, agapanthus, shrimp plants.’
- ‘My clivia's leaves become spotted, discolored, turn brown and then die.’
Modern Latin, from Clive, the maiden name of Charlotte, Duchess of Northumberland (1787–1866).
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