Clivia miniata (Boslelie, Bushlily, Umayime) is used medicinally and as a charm against evil spirits. It is a useful addition to an eco-garden.
Clivia miniata Monograph
This monograph contains details of Clivia miniata as per the references cited below. If you can provide any additional information, photos or reliable records, or spot any errors, please leave a comment below or in The Muthi Flora of southern Africa Facebook group.
Traditional Medicinal Uses of Clivia miniata
Administered to people only: Root infusions are taken for snakebite and also applied to the wound. They are also taken for fevers and to induce or facilitate childbirth. Roots or leaves are sometimes an ingredient in inembe, an infusion taken regularly during pregnancy to ensure an easy childbirth. Leaves are also used in medicines know as isihlambezo which are taken during the last three months of pregnancy and are sometimes used to augment or enhance labour. Bulb decoctions are used for infertility and urinary complaints by the Xhosa. (Hutchings et.al.)
Applied in a magical sense: Unspecified parts are used as charms against evil spirits. (Hutchings et.al.)
Caution: Symptoms of poisoning from bulbs include salivation, vomiting, diarrhoea and depression of the central nervous system in severe cases. Aqueous extracts from leaves used in isihlambezo or inembe produce uterotonic effects. (Hutchings et.al.)
Clivia miniata is a perennial with dark, strap-like leaves that have very showy orange flowers. It must be planted in the shade and enjoys compost-rich soil. The decorative, fleshy, red berries remain on the plant until next flowering season. Clivia miniata is a popular garden and container plant. Many hybrids are also available. (Wildflower Nursery)
Arnold. T.H., Prentice, C.A., Hawker, L.C., Snyman, E.E., Tomalin, M., Crouch, N.R. and Pottas-Bircher, C. (2002). Medicinal and magical plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 13. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
Hutchings, A., Scott, A.H., Lewis, G., Cunnigham, A.B., (1996). Zulu Medicinal Plants: an inventory. University of Natal
Wildflower Nursery – https://wildflowernursery.co.za/indigenous-plant-database/clivia-miniata/. Accessed on 2020/01/06