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For such a small genus, Clivia generates tremendous interest among gardeners and plant lovers around the world. Several years ago, we excerpted a portion of Harold Koopowitz’s excellent Clivias, an engaging and thorough treatise on the subject. Graham Duncan had already produced one small volume on growing clivias at that time. This new book, in the Kirstenbosch Gardening Series, is a fully updated and expanded edition of his earlier publication.

The author is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s most knowledgeable plantsmen, with a particular interest in the country’s geophytes, on which he has produced several books. Clivias are another of his passions, and his enthusiasm shows through in the concise text that traces the natural distribution of the genus, its taxonomy, cultivation, propagation, and hybridization. In superb color photographs, mostly by the author, we are treated to a glorious array of clivia blossoms, in every color and form, from the six species through all the selections and hybrids now available.

Of particular interest to those of us gardening in a mediterranean climate is the recent discovery of a new species, Clivia mirabilis—the only one found natu...

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