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Gloriosa Lily

Gloriosa superba

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Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Gloriosa Lily flowers

Gloriosa Lily flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Gloriosa Lily in bloom

Gloriosa Lily in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8a

Other Names:  Flame Lily, Glory Lily, Tiger Claw, Fire Lily

Description:

This variety is a tropical vine that climbs by tendrils in the leaf tips; dazzling yellow and orange-red lily-like flowers emerge from summer to fall; best in moderate climates with cool nights; a great container plant

Ornamental Features

Gloriosa Lily features showy yellow flowers with orange overtones and red streaks along the branches from early to late summer. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Gloriosa Lily is a multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This woody vine will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Gloriosa Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Gloriosa Lily will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This woody vine does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs.

Gloriosa Lily makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, please use with caution in areas where hardiness is a factor.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features