Climbing Lily

Gloriosa modesta

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest seeds in autumn and place in a warm and dry spot​ 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.

Division

This species doesn't favour propagation by division as the divided tubers tend to shrivel and die.

Special features

Attracts birds

Sunbirds love the nectar within its flowers.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts large butterflies and ants.

Pot plant

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.

Attractive flowers

Orange-coloured with brown speckles on the inside

Special features

Origin

Central east Africa and Asia to South Africa's Eastern Cape Province

Natural climate

Tropical and subtropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

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

Personality

Family

Colchicaceae

Flower colour

Orange

Scent

Mild

Problems

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