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Plantidote of the Day 2011-04-11

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Mystery flower

A pretty common flower, around Zone 10 anyway. It grows in yards, in street dividers and along highway medians -- pretty much everywhere! I think it's a lily, but maybe not. It seems like it has a specific name -- as opposed to 'orange lily' -- but I can't remember what it is. Anyone recognize this flower?
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Submitted by gob on

It looks just like the clivia now blooming in a pot in my house. Also known as kaffir lily, I think. How wonderful to think it could just grow and bloom like that all over the place outside!

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Submitted by twig on

My book says it's also know as kaffir lily, outdoors in Zones 9 and 10, but quite happy in containers elsewhere.

Thanks, gob and JoeinSF -- another mystery solved!