Any of various plants in the genus Clivia, native to southern Africa and widely cultivated as ornamentals for their cluster of reddish-orange or yellow flowers borne on a long stalk.
Any of a genus (Clivia) of South African evergreen plants of the lily family, having orange-to-scarlet, lilylike flowers that bloom in early spring.
Origin of clivia
- After Lady Charlotte Florentia Clive (1787–1866), Duchess of Northumberland, in whose conservatory the first specimen of the genus to flower in England was grown
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Named by botanist John Lindley (1799-1865) after Charlotte Florentina Clive (died 1866).