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A picture of a Flame Lily

Flame Lily

Gloriosa superba

Also known as

Climbing-Lily, Creeping-Lily, Glory-Lily, Turk's Cap, Superb Lily, Gloriosa Lily

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A photo of Flame Lily
Gloriosa superba lilly
Gloriosa superba Toti 14 01 2011
A photo of Flame Lily

Overview

Gloriosa superba is a spectacular tuberous plant from the Colchicaceae family. It forms beautiful wavy-edged, yellow, orange and red flowers that resemble a burning flame. The leaves are interesting, forming tendrils at the tip of every leaf which are used for climbing. This plant is extremely poisonous and needs to be handled​ with care.

Common problems

It may be susceptible to fungal attack and therefore requires a sandy soil with adequate drainage.

    Harvesting

    Harvest seeds in autumn and keep warm and dry until spring.

    Propagation

    Seed

    The easiest way to propagate this plant is by seed. Sow seeds in spring at a depth of 1 cm and space them 10 cm apart. Germination can take place anywhere between 2 weeks and 3 months from sowing.

    Division

    Divide tubers just before new growth emerges in spring. Only divide large clumps and remove offsets to place them at a depth of 10 cm and space them 10 cm apart.

    Special Features

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts large butterflies and ants.

    Attracts birds

    Sunbirds are attracted by the nectar produced by the flowers.

    Drought resistant

    This species is water-wise and require very little amounts of water.

    Pot plant

    Great pot plant, as it is compact and perfect for medium to large sized pots.

    Indoor plant

    Can be grown indoors in a pot where filtered light is present.

    Attractive flowers

    Flowers are borne on long pedicels. They have 6 wavy-edged petals that are bent backwards so that they are pointing upwards, and may be yellow, orange, scarlet, purple or bi-coloured.

    Uses

    Medicinal

    The main poisonous compound found in this plant is the active ingredient in de-worming medication.

    Medicinal