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Gloriosa rothschildiana

Glory lily

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Plant type

Conservatory climber

Flower colour






Skill level


Gloriosa rothschildiana

Plant details

The flame or glory lily, Gloriosa rothschildiana, is a deciduous climber, bearing startling bright red flowers with recurved petals and protruding stamens, and flashy yellow margins. It's the perfect choice for an exotic planting scheme, especially when allowed to climb through other plants. It's also a popular conservatory plant.

In early spring plant the finger-like tubers 8cm deep in a pot, and maintain a temperature of 16oC. Provide support for the stems to climb up, be it a trellis or other shrubs. Water Gloriosa rothschildiana well and feed every fortnight in summer, but keep dry in winter.

Family: Colchicaceae

Genus: Gloriosa

Species: rothschildiana

Plant type: Conservatory climber

Flower colour: Magenta

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Expert

Height: 30cm

Spread: 200cm

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