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A Long-Standing Pursuit of the Yellow Clivia

Decades in the making, Clivia miniata ‘Longwood Debutante’ made its debut at the 2011 North American Clivia Society’s International Symposium and Show. This plant’s slightly fragrant, yellow flowers have petals that overlap to produce a beautiful floral display. 

Work began on this plant in 1976, when we launched our clivia breeding program with the goal of producing a superior yellow clivia — a color that was rare and unimpressive at the time. It took 35 years to release the first plant largely because of the extended time it takes for a seedling to mature and the slow rate at which plants produce offsets.

In 2012, we released Clivia miniata ‘Longwood Fireworks,’ a smaller flower than its predecessor that resembles its name. Our current project — which we hope to release in the next couple years — is a yellow clivia with a flower that keels.