Category: Tropicals and Tender Perennials Vines and Climbers
Height: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
Spacing: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Hardiness: 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
Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Red Bright Yellow
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Deciduous Smooth-Textured
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
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
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.
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.
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.