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Clivia miniata (Natal lily, bush lily, Kaffir lily) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clivia of the family Amaryllidaceae, native, growing in woodland habitats<ref>Template:Cite book</ref> in South Africa (Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces) as well as in Swaziland. Given suitable conditions it grows into large clumps and is surprisingly water wise. It is also reportedly naturalized in Mexico.<ref>Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families</ref> It is a popular plant for shady areas and is commonly seen growing in older established suburbs in most Australian states. It is also popular in New Zealand, Japan, China and southern parts of the USA , particularly California.

It grows to a height of about Template:Convert, and flowers are red, orange or yellow, sometimes with a faint, but very sweet perfume. It is sometimes known in cultivation as "Kaffir lily" (a term considered offensive in South Africa).<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> The same name is also applied to the genus Hesperantha.

With a minimum temperature of Template:Convert, in temperate regions C. miniata is normally cultivated as a houseplant. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit,<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> along with the variety C. miniata var. citrina.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

It contains small amounts of lycorine, making it poisonous.

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