The history of "Bella Donna Oprah" original
A rose by any other name smells as sweet, but nothing can be sweeter when a unique, rare flower is named after you. One such flower, the Clivia Miniata, was recently named after Oprah Winfrey in 2004.
The name given to this unique species, endemic only to South Africa and Swaziland, is called the Bella Donna Oprah, which means "beautiful lady" in Italian.
Cultivated by Bertie Guillaume from Makhado (previously Louis Trichardt) in the Limpopo Province, the Bella Donna Clivia was chosen by a panel of judges consisting of the Oprah magazine team and the Clivia Society.
We have the privilege of owning one of the original offsets of this famous plant and have been breeding with it and with the offspring for several years. We have only recently released limited seeds and seedlings of this breeding line. We have aptly used the prefix "Bella" (which means beautiful) in the names to distinguish plants from this breeding line.
This is a highly sought after plant and can only be found in selected breeder`s collections. It is highly valued for its unique breeding results.
Bella Donna Oprah is split for yellow and the green stemmed seedlings result in stunning compact yellow plants with large full umbels and giant flowers.