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Gloriosa Lilies

Climbing Lilies, Flame Lilies, Glory Lilies, Fire Lilies, Gloriosa Lilies, Superb Lilies, Creeping Lilies


Sophisticated, sometimes outrageous yet extremely easy to grow! Gloriosa Lilies or Climbing Lilies are tropical vines that perfectly fit this description. These high-fashion florists' flowers are known for their magnificent crimson and yellow flowers with dramatically forward-reaching stamens and swept-back, ruffled petals so that the flowers appear to be moving forward at high speed. Yellow or orange-flowered types are also available.

  • Borne in the upper leaf axils of long, spindly stems, the flowers bloom from late spring through fall then turn into wacky-looking ribbed seed pods. The leaves of gloriosas are another wonder. From the tip of each glossy green leaf sprouts a long green tendril that twirls out to grasp whatever is nearby by spinning itself around it. Thus the stem hoists itself upward or outward, bearing its flowers like so many parachutes or butterflies.
  • The leaves of Gloriosa Lilies are another wonder. From the tip of each glossy green leaf sprouts a long green tendril that twirls out to grasp whatever is nearby by spinning itself around it. Thus the stem hoists itself upward or outward, bearing its flowers like so many parachutes or butterflies.

Gloriosa rothschildania

Gloriosa 'Greenii'

Gloriosa lutea

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How to Plant and Grow Gloriosa Lilies

  • Gloriosa Lilies respond to warmth and moisture. To get a jump on the planting season, start them indoors or in a garden container. To plant in the garden, wait until soil and air temperatures have warmed and the threat of frost is well past.
  • Plant Gloriosa Lilies in full sun or partial shade in rich, well-drained soil that retains its moisture. The Gloriosa bulb is actually a long skinny tuber approximately 4-6 in. long (10-15 cm). Plant it 3 in. (7 cm) deep and 12 in. apart (30 cm) in early spring after last frost date.
  • Shoots will emerge two to six weeks after planting. For best effect, provide an upright structure for the emerging stems to grasp. Allow the plant to grow straight up until buds appear, then feel free to guide the stems towards their supports. Trellises, arbors and obelisks are particularly attractive as upright supports, but tree stumps and chain link fences are also appropriate. Gloriosa Lilies in pots can climb an obelisk or bamboo structure placed right in the pot; or place pots adjacent to fences or arbors.
  • By setting a schedule of care, you’ll have prize-quality plants all season. Water well at planting, then sparingly until growth emerges. Water well, again, once the plant attains full growth and bloom, then taper off after the blossoms fade to allow stems to wither.
  • Cut down top growth as it dies back after flowering.
  • If you live in a cool area (hardiness zones 3-8) and want to save your bulbs, you may lift and clean the tubers planted in the garden for winter storage at a cool room temperature (60° F to 70° F). Bulbs in pots may be stored indoors right in their pots, ready for use the next summer.
  • All parts of the plant are poisonous – however they seldom pose a threat to pets or children as they taste so incredibly foul. On the bright side, this means they are generally impervious to garden pests such as deer and squirrels. Even so, in some areas, squirrels have become so aggressive that they may dig up the tubers before rejecting them as a snack. To counter such foragers, simply replant the tubers or position rocks over the planting site until the plants get established.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Heat Zones 7 – 11
Plant Type Bulbs, Climbers
Plant Family Gloriosa
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Depth 3" (7cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Patio and Containers, Walls and Fences

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Heat Zones 7 – 11
Plant Type Bulbs, Climbers
Plant Family Gloriosa
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Depth 3" (7cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Patio and Containers, Walls and Fences

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