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Gloriosa rothschildiana (Gloriosa Lily)

Climbing Lily, Flame Lily, Glory Lily, Fire Lily, Gloriosa Lily, Superb Lily, Creeping Lily, Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildiana'


Incredibly beautiful, Gloriosa rothschildiana (Gloriosa Lily) is a deciduous, tuberous, tendril climber boasting magnificent crimson and yellow flowers, up to 5 in. across (12 cm), with dramatically forward-reaching stamens and swept-back, ruffled petals. 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.

  • Grows up to 5-6 ft. high (150-180 cm) and 1-3 ft. wide (30-90 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun or partial shade in rich, well-drained soil that retains its moisture.
  • Plant your Gloriosa tubers 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.
  • Cut down top growth as it dies back after flowering.
  • If you live in a cool area (hardiness zones 3-7) 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 – 10
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 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
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, Wall-Side Borders

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
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 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
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, Wall-Side Borders

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