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Flame Lily in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Gloriosa superba

 

Flame Lily

Gloriosa Superba is a perennial growing from a fleshy rhizome. It climbs using tendrils, the stem reaching up to 4 meters long. The flowers are bright red to orange at maturity, sometimes with yellowish bases. The margins may be quite wavy. This plant is poisonous, toxic enough to cause human and animal fatalities if ingested. It is grown for its very showy flowers that appear in summer and autumn.

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plant Features
  • Flame Lily likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Flame Lily likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Flame Lily is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Flame Lily likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
Available to buy from 3 store(s) in the UK
 
plant information

Common name

Flame Lily

Latin name

Gloriosa superba

type

Rhizomatous perennial

family

Colchicaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Flame Lily likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Flame Lily is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Flame Lily likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Flame Lily likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Flame Lily is 0.30meters x 1.50meters 0.30 M 1.50 M

Gloriosa superba

Gloriosa Superba is a perennial growing from a fleshy rhizome. It climbs using tendrils, the stem reaching up to 4 meters long. The flowers are bright red to orange at maturity, sometimes with yellowish bases. The margins may be quite wavy. This plant is poisonous, toxic enough to cause human and animal fatalities if ingested. It is grown for its very showy flowers that appear in summer and autumn.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Plant the rhizome so that the growing tip is uppermost and approximately 7-10cm below the soil surface. If no growing tip is visible, plant the tuber horizontally at a similar depth. Keep them warm to encourage growth and water freely when they are in active growth. In winter temperatures will need to be kept above 10C

 
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