This plant has a mild fragrance
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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 with Flame Lily
It may be susceptible to fungal attack and therefore requires a sandy soil with adequate drainage.
How to harvest Flame Lily
Harvest seeds in autumn and keep warm and dry until spring.
How to propagate Flame Lily
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.
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 of Flame Lily
Attracts useful insects
Attracts large butterflies and ants.
Sunbirds are attracted by the nectar produced by the flowers.
This species is water-wise and require very little amounts of water.
Great pot plant, as it is compact and perfect for medium to large sized pots.
Can be grown indoors in a pot where filtered light is present.
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.
Other uses of Flame Lily
The main poisonous compound found in this plant is the active ingredient in de-worming medication.