How to grow Gloriosa superba

Gloriosa superba growing vine herbaceous with geophyte of the genus Gloriosa also known as Flame lily, Gloriosa superba perennial evergreen plant, used as ornamental hedge plant, cut flower or as medical plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropical, temperate, tropic climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10+ as perennial and in the right care in hardiness zone 9 (4-8 can grow but need to take the bulb in the winter to the house).
Leaves color green in oval shape.

Gloriosa superba flower

Flower color red, orange or pink with yellow in the base of the petal, the structure of the flower create like fire flame.

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How to grow Gloriosa superba growing and care:

Rich soil, mulch in the beginning, well-drained soil, slightly acid soil, organic matter, humus

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Geophyte / Seed (explanation bellow) / Vegetative reproduction by dividing the rhizome better to divide in the autumn to the winter – cutting is also possible and the season to do it it’s in the spring, need to keep high humidity with moist soil possible to use hormone but not must, spray the plant with water and need well ventilated air.

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but it’s easy to start from

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Can be invasive in the tropic

Planting season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn ( in colder area in the spring)

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
Just for design and dead parts

Size of the plant:
2-4m, 6-12 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full sun / Half shade / Full shade (with light)

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes, when grow indoor as houseplant need to take care that there are enough light

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when growing in container need to take at least 3 gallon (12 liter) but better bigger, every few years need to switch the soil better to use potting mix or peat soil possible with little perlite, the soil need to be well ventilated and rich soil, put organic matter and humus, except this better to fertilize 3-4 times a year.

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Spring / Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower:
Fire flame shape in red, orange or pink with yellow in the base of the petal, the structure of the flower create like

How to grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry and dark location

Sowing season:
Spring / Summer

Planting spacing:
20*30cm (8*12 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
2cm (1 inch)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, high humidity , don’t let the soil dry, better peat soil

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Germination time:
2-8 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Mulch, light, moist soil with high humidity

Scientific name:

Gloriosa superba

Alternative names: Flame lily, Climbing lily, Creeping lily, Glory lily, Gloriosa lily, Tiger claw, Fire lily

How to grow Gloriosa superba

Gloriosa superba

Gloriosa superba plant care

Gloriosa superba flower

Gloriosa superba blooming

Gloriosa superba blooming season


Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Orange flower
  • Red flower
  • Yellow flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Geophyte
  • Herbaceous
  • Perennial plant
  • Vine
Plant Uses
  • Hedging plants
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13