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Gloriosa modesta is a summer-growing tuberous species from the Colchicaceae family. It produces spectacular two-whorled, yellow flowers. The leaves are interesting, forming tendrils at the tip of every leaf which are used for climbing. This plant is extremely poisonous and should be handled with care.
Harvest seeds in autumn and place in a warm and dry spot until spring.
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.
This species doesn't favour propagation by division as the divided tubers tend to shrivel and die.
Sunbirds love the nectar within its flowers.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts large butterflies and ants.
Great pot plant, as it is really compact and perfect for medium to large sized pots. The plant will re-merge every year with attractive leaves then the flowers appear.
Orange-coloured with brown speckles on the inside
Central east Africa and Asia to South Africa's Eastern Cape Province
Tropical and subtropical
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
The main poisonous compound found in this plant, is the active ingredient in de-worming medication.
It may be susceptible to fungal attack and therefore requires a sandy soil with great drainage.