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PlantFiles: Gloriosa Lily, Climbing Lily, Flame Lily
Gloriosa superba

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gloriosa (glo-ree-OH-suh) (Info) (glo-ree-OH-suh) (Info)
Species: superba (soo-PER-buh) (Info)

Synonym:Gloriosa carsonii
Synonym:Gloriosa minor
Synonym:Gloriosa simplex

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Z4golfer On Jul 4, 2011, Z4golfer from Houston, TX wrote:

Beautiful, easy to grow plant in Houston south of I-10. Mine stay in the ground year round. They die back to the ground in fall, but return in the spring. Mine get about 6 hours of afternoon sun. They do need a little extra water in high heat and no rain as we have had this year.

Positive betleyoun On Jul 4, 2011, betleyoun from Augusta, GA wrote:

I love mine. I planted last fall, thought they would never peak their heads up, but once june came, they popped up. I live in Georgia, would you dig them up or leave in the ground.

Positive jmorth On Sep 26, 2010, jmorth from Divernon, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Mine are grown in large containers, they are pest-free and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. They proliferate every year. I started with 3 from MOBOT (Missouri Botanical Garden) 12 years ago, last time they were re-potted and totaled there were around 400. They are overwintered dry in the basement.

Positive FLSuncoast On Aug 22, 2002, FLSuncoast from Sarasota, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Although this plant is toxic (all parts expecially the tubers) it is a beautiful tropical. Mine grow in very poor soil (one of the few plants that will grow in this sandy poor soil) and continues to propogate. It can get a bit out of hand in not kept in check. The blossoms are beautiful. . For such an exotic plant the gloriosa is very easy to grow and is a real survivor.

Neutral BotanyBob On Sep 9, 2001, BotanyBob from Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:

Though all parts of this plant are toxic, the tubers of this plant contain some of the most toxic properties found in the plant kingdom.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Cypress, California
Atlantic Beach, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Deland, Florida
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Fountain, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Lake Mary, Florida
Longwood, Florida
Milton, Florida
Mount Dora, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Oviedo, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Pinetta, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida (2 reports)
Rockledge, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Savannah, Georgia
Kurtistown, Hawaii
Divernon, Illinois
Barbourville, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Youngsville, Louisiana
Lake Crystal, Minnesota
Clinton, Mississippi
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Cayce, South Carolina
Hopkins, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Baytown, Texas
Houston, Texas
Dutton, Virginia
Adams, Wisconsin

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