Gloriosa - Flame lily

2 bulbs per pack


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Availability: Pre-order from early July to late November
Deliveries: Delivery from mid-September until early December
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Available from early July to late November
Delivery from mid-September until early December
Plant: September to late November
Flowers: November to January
Plant in full sun, all day
Spacing Distance: 10cm
Planting Depth: 7 to 10cm under soil
Grows: 50 to 70cm high
Indigenous to South Africa


How to plant, care for and grow Gloriosa

Family Colchicaceae
Name derived from In Latin, gloriosus means full of glory
Common name Climbing bells, flame lily, climbing lily, geelklokkie
Sun Exposure Full sun and semi-shade.
Flower Colours Red, oranges and yellows
Predators Rarely bothered by pests. Thrips and aphids. Molerates


Fun fact: the plant is used in some traditional medicines but is highly toxic.

Fun fact: Gloriosa superba is Zimbabwe’s national flower.

Gloriosa is a corm. There are seven different species and it is indigenous to South Africa. They are preferably placed in a rockery or pot where they will receive less water. They need support as they grow and we recommend using a bamboo trellis for this support. At maturity it reaches 100cm.

Seasons and planting

Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Available NO NO
Plant yes NO
Flowering NO


When planting, Gloriosa prefers well-draining, airy and light soil. Ensure that the corm is planted horizontally. They should not be disturbed and should stay in the soil for several seasons. With regards to watering, the water should be increased as the plants grow and you should continue watering the plant after it has flowered as this is when the corm is forming for the following season. As the leaves yellow at the end of summer, reduce watering and keep soil dry for winter. The lowest temperature that this plant can tolerate is -5°C.


Best achieved by dividing the corm in the centre at planting time. If a seed is sown it will only produce flowers after three seasons.


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