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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Vine
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: 4 - 6 feet
Plant Spread: Climber
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Pink
Red
Yellow
Other: Color of bloom changes as it matures.
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Toxicity: Other: whole plant contains toxins, tuber most of all
Propagation: Other methods: Other: tubers multiply
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Preferred depth: horizontially placed 2" below top of planting medium.

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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-08-10#pollination   Hairstreak BF
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-08-05growing on trellis in large containers
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-08-05
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Location: My YardDate: 8/25/2014
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Date: 2005-08-24
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-08-08Hummers like em too!
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-08-202 Hummers at Gloriosa
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Location: My YardDate: 8/30/2014close up of bloom petal...
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Location: My gardenDate: 2020-05-12So beautiful!
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Location: Fireplace gardenDate: 2016-07-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-08-24Night shot of containerized Gloiosas.
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Location: My YardDate: 8/13/2014
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-09-03#pollination
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-7-12#pollination
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-05-14Tubers
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Location: Gulf CoastDate: 2019-06-29
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Location: Gulf CoastDate: 2019-06-29
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-07-10
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-07-18Note the curling tendrils
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-08-21
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Location: Fireplace garden, middle.Date: 2014-07-22
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2008-07-31in a hanging basket
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-01-22
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Location: My garden in Warrenville, SCDate: 2018-06-13
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-05-05Tuber w/ some roots and initial stem shoot.
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Location: Fireplace garden, middle.Date: 2014-07-22
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-13-06With Fall Clematis on a chain link fence
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-08-29
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Location: central IllinoisDate: September 2015
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2008-07-26#pollination
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Location: Vancouver Island, B.C.Date: 2013-07-20Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildiana'
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Location: Work areaDate: 2014-04-26
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Location: Fireplace garden, middle.Date: 2014-07-22
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Location: Fireplace garden, middle.Date: 2014-07-22The reverse side of the bloom is shown at the top of the plant.
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Location: My YardDate: 8/19/2014Just before I Open
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-5-12#pollination   Skipper dive bombing Gloriosa
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-06-02Stems quickly grow several feet and split.  At the end of these f
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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Oct 23, 2011 2:13 AM

Some cultural notes on Gloriosa rothschildiana -
I usually grow mine in very large containers (14 to 20" +).
I place the tubers (which are often shaped like fingers, legs, or L's) 2 inches below the top of the soil, they are placed horizontally with an inch or two apart, 3 to 6 per container. If using pots or containers, its a good idea to have a trellis in place so as not to accidentally pierce one when soil covered later. They can grow upward (by tendrils at leaf's ends) up to 8 feet per season. It's essential to provide a support for them to grow upward on. The soil must be free draining (adding some sand usually helps). For most of my containers I put a couple inches of styrofoam peanuts in the bottom (this keeps the weight more manageable and helps drainage). Mine usually bloom through the whole summer season. When they decline by fall, taper off watering. I move mine to the basement for overwinter storage. If utilizing large pots, they maybe be left dry in the pots till spring when it is recommended they be re-potted. When tapped out of their old pot an amazing juxtaposition has often occurred in that the tubers migrate from the horizontal plane to become vertical.
I usually fertilize them with liquid Miracle Grow every 2 to 3 weeks.
One can ascertain when they'll come out of their dormancy by observing the tuber tips, they take on a pinkish coloration. At this point it is usually easier to establish which side goes up when planting for a rudimentary eye becomes visible and points upward. The basement here maintains a fairly constant average temperature around 60 degrees.
When grown outside they prefer night temps 60 - 70 degrees but can tolerate down to 50 degrees. Preferred day temps are 75 degrees or higher with high humidity (typical midwest climate).
They can also be grown as houseplants or in the ground summer plants.
At season's end or next season's beginning when extracting them from their habitat it is easy to break them. If that happens be not overly alarmed as each separate leg may bloom any way.


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 9, 2011 5:15 PM

The Gloriosa superba is a perennial herb from tropical Africa and Asia. The leaves have tendrils at their tips, aiding the plant in climbing and twining around and through anything in its path. The blooms are colorful and showy with pronounced reflexed petals.

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Plant Events from our members
jmorth On November 12, 2014 Winterized
Moved pots from garage to basement.
jmorth On October 11, 2014 Miscellaneous Event
Moved into garage where remains till die back, trimmed to soil then moved to basement where stored in their pots dry overwinter.
GaNinFl On February 21, 2016 Maintenance performed
Divided the tubers and repotted in fresh soil.
flaflwrgrl On July 2, 2016 Bloomed
lovesblooms On March 3, 2018 Seeds sown
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