Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba)

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Gloriosa Lily
Give a thumbs up Fire Lily
Give a thumbs up Flame Lily
Give a thumbs up Glory Lily
Give a thumbs up Superb Lily

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 6 - 8 feet
Plant Spread: 3 - 4 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: red & yellow
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Tuber
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Hummingbirds
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Other: wear gloves when handling tubers/rhizomes
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
beneath a full moon

Gloriosa LilyGloriosa Lily
May 19, 2014

Gloriosa superba is a striking plant, and the only climbing lily in existence.

(Full article8 comments)
Give a thumbs up

Photo gallery:
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-08-14beneath a full moon
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-08-31
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: Western KentuckyDate: 2012-10-13Still climbing in October, beautiful!
By Sharon
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-3-12HBs love Gloriosas
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-08-28
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 8-10-12
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-05-11tubers
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2012-05-253 stages of blooming
By piksihk
Give a thumbs up
Location: my backyard Date: 2012-06-01So lovely...
By piksihk
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-07-28Green arch.  Note the leave tip's climbing tendrils.
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 7-17-13
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: Albany Georgia Date: 2016-05-17
By Sherib381
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 8-26-11#pollination
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Image
By Cinta
Give a thumbs up
Photo courtesy of Telos Rare Bulbs
By eclayne
Give a thumbs up
Date: 22-05-2013
By kaleem
Give a thumbs up
Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2013-08-14
By Joy
Give a thumbs up
Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2013-08-14
By Joy
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-08-14
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-08-16
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: NJDate: 2017-08-03
By Onewish1
Give a thumbs up
Location: Youngsville, LADate: 2013-07-09By tabbycat
By tabbycat
Give a thumbs up
Date: 22-05-2013
By kaleem
Give a thumbs up
Date: 2013-05-22
By kaleem
Give a thumbs up
Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2013-08-14
By Joy
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-06-02
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-11-13
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-11-13
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: Czech Republic, greenhouse Fata Morgana - Prague Botanic Garden - TrojaDate: 2015-02-01Photo courtesy of: Ivo Antusek
By admin
Give a thumbs up
Location: Czech Republic, greenhouse Fata Morgana - Prague Botanic Garden - TrojaPhoto courtesy of: Ivo Antusek
By admin
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2008-07-09Growing in a hanging basket
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Photo courtesy of: davidbygott
By admin
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-03-31After shiny red coat is removed,
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up
Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-05-07
By jmorth
Give a thumbs up

This plant is tagged in:
Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image

Comments:
Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 16, 2018 2:59 PM

First bloom of 2018 opened June 15th. The plant is in a hanging basket in a Vitex tree just off my patio where it gets filtered sun all day. The plant is climbing up the hanger part of the basket 24 inches and now grabbing onto the branch it hangs from. This is the 4th year it has returned from tubers after dying back in winter. It usually travels 5 feet into the tree before cold weather arrives in Dec. here in zone 9.

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Posted by Dutchlady1 (Sunny Naples, Florida - Zone 10a) on Apr 6, 2012 6:39 AM

The only climbing Lily.

[ 5 replies | Give a thumbs up ]

Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Oct 15, 2012 6:07 PM

This is a most amazing plant. I planted it in a pot during the worst of our summer drought. It grew in spite of the weather and has bloomed non stop since August. Until we have frost, my guess is that it will continue to bloom. Beautiful.

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jun 15, 2014 12:54 AM

Winner of AGM from the RHS in 1993.

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 17, 2016 1:09 PM

National flower of Zimbabwe.

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Oct 20, 2018 9:26 PM

It's mid Oct. and my hanging basket of this plant has vines that have latched onto the tree branch it hangs from and has its last flower of the season. I know that because another vine in the pot has developed a 3" green seed pod full of future seeds. It loves the filtered sunlight it gets under the tree canopy. Soon all the leaves will turn yellow then brown to the soil, so I cut the vine back also to the soil but I know a secret. The pot is full of finger size tubers that will sprout again in spring and send out 4 or 5 new vines for next summer's flowers.

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Plant Performance Reports
Where and Who Performance Opinion View options
Southwest Florida (Dutchlady1) 2015: Plant performed average
View full report
» Post your own plant performance report

Plant Events from our members
jmorth On November 13, 2014 Miscellaneous Event
Seed pods bursting, 1st time (in ~ 20 yrs) seed collected (usually deadheaded flowers)
jmorth On November 12, 2014 Winterized
Moved to basement where stored dry in pots till next May.
jmorth On October 11, 2014 Maintenance performed
Moved all but one of potted Gloriosas into garge to be w/o water till die down and cut back to ground. Will move pots into basement for dry storage over winter (basement avg temp ~ 60° F) w/n a couple of wks.
jmorth On July 9, 2014 Bloomed
Lalambchop1 On October 19, 2018 Obtained plant
Got tubers from Iris Reg 5 auction.
» Post your own event for this plant

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Beautiful Shot! by wcgypsy Mar 5, 2013 11:33 PM 4
seed pod by gardengus Aug 30, 2014 2:27 AM 5
Current bulb action by purpleinopp Oct 28, 2018 4:10 AM 126
Floral Alphabet Soup! G's to Go! by KatEnns Jan 29, 2018 11:13 AM 37
Happy New Year 🍾 Our Orchid blooms in January 2018 by Ursula Feb 1, 2018 8:10 AM 355
African Lady - Nepalense Hybrid - experiences/details? by Protoavis Aug 19, 2017 5:19 PM 10
Summer Blooming Bulbs 2017 by IrisLilli Mar 24, 2018 7:44 AM 294
I Moved And Started All Over With My Garden - Progression! by Legalily Nov 12, 2018 6:01 PM 1,226
Beautiful unknown flower by Strikex411 Jul 9, 2016 11:03 AM 6
White and pink gloriosa by XiaoLong Apr 10, 2016 12:14 PM 16
Gloriosas by jmorth May 11, 2016 9:31 AM 12

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "alpine asters"