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Clivia miniata 'Striata'

7th September 2006

'Striata' was the original name for the European variegated Clivia which can be reproduced from seed. I take great delight in this plant - when I was young it was not available in the UK for love or money. It was available in the USA - I was offered one for $250 - so now I take great delight in this bargain which set me back a joyful 15. Plants exported to Japan in the early 20th century are the foundation of the Japanese and Chinese variegated strains now flooding onto the market.

19th April 2008

The first time I saw a plant in the flesh was in the old greenhouse at Wisley, around 1980. This picture shows a group of seedlings in the new greenhouse at Wisley, in April this year.