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Swamp Bush Lily

Clivia robusta

Also known as

Swamp Clivia, Bush Lily, Boslelie (Afr.)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Frequent watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Swamp Bush Lily Overview

Clivia robusta or swamp clivia is the largest growing member of the Clivia family and can reach over 1.5 m high in ideal conditions, but usually,​ will grow to about 1 m tall. The name ‘robusta’ is in reference to the robust nature of this species, and it also resembles a robust form of the species, Clivia gardenii. It is a strong grower and is said to be more tolerant of sun and over-watering than most other Clivia. They have the ability to grow near, or in running or pools of water and can handle poorly draining soils while other clivias can’t, but it also does well in well-drained soils. Clivia robusta makes an ideal easy-care, eye-catching plant for your garden – all of your visitors will be asking what it is. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal.

Common problems with Swamp Bush Lily

Slugs and snails are a problem, particularly when the flower buds start appearing. Other pests are mealybugs, amaryllis caterpillar, scale, and snout beetle which all need to be eliminated by spraying with a suitable insecticide.

Swamp Bush Lily Companion Plants

Trees provide a wonderful canopy.

How to harvest Swamp Bush Lily

Harvest seed from the berries when they turn red and sow immediately without allowing the seed to dry, just covering the seed. Seeds germinate within 4 weeks.

How to propagate Swamp Bush Lily


Harvest seed from the berries when they turn red and sow immediately without allowing the seed to dry.

Special features of Swamp Bush Lily

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Attracts birds

Indoor plant

Wet sites

Attractive flowers

The orange-red pendulous flowers with pronounced green tips vary in colours from baby pink to deep red and are similar to C. gardenii.

Other uses of Swamp Bush Lily




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