Gloriosa - Flame lily
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How to plant, care for and grow Gloriosa
|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
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.