Glorissa Flame Lily : Lily that adds 'full of glory' to your home garden

Glorissa Flame Lily

Known in Hindi as ‘Kalihari’, the Glorissa Flame lily (Gloriosa superba L.) is a vine that blossoms with exotic, patterned flowers.

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The generic name Gloriosa means ‘full of glory’ and the specific epithet superba means ‘superb’, alluding to the striking red and yellow flowers.

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Whether your gardening space is limited or you’re just determined to make the most of every available square inch, planting varieties of glorissa lily that grow upwards is super smart.

And for the beautifully bizarre, glory or gloriosa lilies are among the best.

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Flame lily is a climber with spectacular red and yellow flowers.

The glory lily’s offbeat look makes it a graceful addition to a home or tropical garden, but you should consider all of its characteristics before planting it.

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Glory lilies climb for 5 feet or more, with leaves that are 4-to-5 inches long but less than an inch wide. The flowers are about half as long as the leaves.

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The flower petals, wavy on the edges, tend to start yellow near the vine, then become a flaming red closer to the outer edges.

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Gloriosa superba is widely cultivated as an ornamental for its stunning flowers. It is the national flower of Zimbabwe where it is protected from illegal harvesting under the Parks and Wildlife Act.

Fun Facts

  • Glory lilies grow in many parts of tropical Africa and Asia, especially India.
  • Though Ayurveda and Yunani medicine traditions say that glory lilies have medicinal value, all parts of these plants are toxic. This makes them dangerous plants to have in a house or garden with young children or pets.
  • They are considered perennial herbs and climbing vines, with tendrils on the ends of the leaves that allow them to attach themselves to support structures as they climb.

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You can also root prune them each year to maintain a convenient size. Alternatively, for mature plants, remove just the top layer of soil in the pot and replace this with fresh compost each spring.

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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.