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Can anybody help me identify this plant from the picture posted? It has waxy rounded leaves and is very easy to look after. From the picture you'll see it is flowering late Summer / Autumn UK.

Unidentified house plant

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If it's a clivia it will have a brightly coloured flower tending towards oranges/reds/yellows and a large bulb at the base. The stem and leaves remind me of an ornamental onion. Is there any scent to the leaves or flower? – kevinsky Oct 2 '12 at 14:00
Thanks for the pointer. I started looking around clivia and I found the Haemanthus. It's definately one of those ( – Jim Kennedy Oct 2 '12 at 16:24
@JimKennedy The picture link in your question is broken, just in case you didn't know. – Shule Nov 21 '14 at 20:04
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After Jim's confirmation of my comment I might as well answer it.

It's a clivia. They are a member of the Amaryllis family. Once they are established they can provide years of trouble free flowering. When I was working with them after flowering we would cut them back and put them in a cool area with north light. We watered sparingly until new growth was apparent and them moved them back to the display area.

Scale is the most common insect problem but cutting the plant back yearly was effective in controlling it.

Many cultivars are available and flower colour has wide variation on the yellow, orange and red end of the spectrum.

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Cannot delete an accepted answer, wish I could... – kevinsky Nov 21 '14 at 14:56

Sorry to revive an old post, but:
It's not a clivia, it's a Heamanthus albiflos (elephant's ear / paintbrush plant). Close relative from the Amaryllis family, but not the same. Main differences: Clivias have clusters of bell-shaped blossoms, usually orage(-ish), the leaves are thinner, longer and often darker. OP found the correct answer himself.

(Your specimen might appreciate a bit more light, if possible, as it appears a bit lanky.)

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