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Gloriosa Lily

Also called Fire Lily, this vining plant has amazing, flame-colored blooms. Perfect for growing in a pot or in the garden - just make sure to give it something to climb on! (Gloriosa rothschildiana)

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Details:

Height: 60-72" tall
Bulb Spacing: 1 bulb per sq. ft.
Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 17BULB3
Common Name Gloriosa Lily, Glory Lily, Fire Lily
Botanical Name Gloriosa rothschildiana
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Red, Yellow
Estimated Mature Height 60-72" tall
Bulb Size 15/20 cm
Bulb Spacing 1 bulb per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant tubers horizontally (laying flat) 2" to 3" below the surface.
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Plant Type/Life Cycle Annual
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Containers, Showy Flowers
Ships to Canada No
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Description
This incredible plant is from the Asian jungles, and can be a true spectacle twining up a trellis. The blooms have earned the common name of Fire Lily', and anyone can see why. Each flower looks like a flame. It's great outside after frosts, or in patio pots. Give it something to climb on, since the handsome leaves sprout twining tendrils as the vine grows. Plant this one, and your neighbors will think you're a plant expert. They'll never know how easy it is to handle!

From a gardener who's grown it: 'I was given some gloriosa tubers two years ago. They die down in Montgomery, AL in the winter and new plants pop up next spring. And pop they do! They seem to pop up a couple of inches the first night and grow quickly after that. I have small trellises and plant stakes to help them stand and they are so unique as the blooms develop. I transplanted one into a pot and brought it in when weather turned cold. I had gloriosa blooms in my dining room window for our Thanksgiving family dinner.'. ....from a subscriber to DavesGarden.com, gardening in Montgomery, AL

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Reviews

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3.4

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    (2)

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    (6)

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    (0)

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    (0)

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    (3)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Beautiful blooms on a fast growing vine

        I bought the tubers and placed them in big pots with inverted tomato cages for them to climb on. They grow beautifully and love to climb up towards the light. The flowers look like...Read complete review

        I bought the tubers and placed them in big pots with inverted tomato cages for them to climb on. They grow beautifully and love to climb up towards the light. The flowers look like flames and it brightens the spot in which they are placed.

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        INVASIVE ZONE 10

        In southeast Florida zone 10, our church congregation decided to plant in our large growing containers and it looked great the first year. The seeds were eaten by birds or dispersed however now the...Read complete review

        In southeast Florida zone 10, our church congregation decided to plant in our large growing containers and it looked great the first year. The seeds were eaten by birds or dispersed however now the plant is everywhere and competeing for lawn space and growing over established plants killing them out.

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        1.0

        No Show Gloriosas

        By Dahlia Grower

        from San Francisco, CA

        Pros

          Cons

          • They Never Developed

          Best Uses

            They arrived, I planted them and nothing happened.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            INVASIVE ZONE 10

            By Heaven sent

            from Fort lauderdale Florida

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  In southeast Florida zone 10, our church congregation decided to plant in our large growing containers and it looked great the first year. The seeds were eaten by birds or dispersed however now the plant is everywhere and competeing for lawn space and growing over established plants killing them out.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Fun and unusual blooms

                  By Adono

                  from Ann Arbor, mi

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Trellis

                    I had blooms on this lily for months. The bloom is unique in shape and changes color as it ages.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Didn't grow

                    By Belle

                    from Littleton, MA

                    Out of the fifteen tubers only one grew, however it died before blooming. Quite expensive.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Blooms so beautiful, but so short-lived

                    By Foxshadow

                    from Minneapolis, MN

                    Pros

                    • Beautiful delicate flower
                    • Easy care

                    Cons

                    • Flowers only last a day
                    • Not as prolific

                    Best Uses

                    • Grouped

                    A friend of mine as these in her garden and I have always loved their delicate beauty. Once they start blooming, one has to check them twice a day, the flowers disappear so fast! I love them anyway. I used them in a grouping in my front yard, They kind of got lost with all the other flowers. I think next time I will plant them more toward the edge, though still in a group, so that it will be easier for me to catch them when they bloom!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    bright and a true eye catcher.

                    By flowerchasers

                    from michigan

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Best
                    • Bright

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        This flower went to the fair and took best of show.
                        A real head turner, still showing great after 3 days of being cut, it looks even better.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Very unique

                        By THIRTYSIXRED

                        from BLOOMFIELD CT

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Most people have never seen these so I got some really nice comments. Flowers are just as they are pictured on the web site. Takes a while to start growing, but once they get going...its off to the races.

                        The flowers start out looking like they won't get to be red...as the flower itself "ages" you will find the yellow portion turns red and you have a full red flame. This photo shows the oldest of the flowers (the one that bloomed 1st) with the yellow lower portion starting to turn red.

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Beautiful blooms on a fast growing vine

                        By Roly the young gardener

                        from Miami, FL

                        Pros

                        • Colorful blooms
                        • Easy care
                        • Fast grower

                        Cons

                        • Plant dies back for me

                        Best Uses

                        • For trellises or fences

                        I bought the tubers and placed them in big pots with inverted tomato cages for them to climb on. They grow beautifully and love to climb up towards the light. The flowers look like flames and it brightens the spot in which they are placed.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        So Beautiful!!

                        By Lori1

                        from Lake Crystal, MN

                        About Me Avid Gardener

                        Pros

                        • Reliable Growth
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                        • Wish blooms were bigger

                        Best Uses

                        • Containers

                        Used in a container up against a link fence, the blooms are stunning! Only wish they could be BIGGER, the blooms that is.

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Gloriosa Lily

                        By Green Nails

                        from Houston, TX

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                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Large Bulb Size
                        • Long Bloom Time
                        • Pest Resistant
                        • Reliable Growth
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            MY Gloriosa Lily are doing really well this year, got lots of beautiful flowers. I attached some photos so you can see how gorgeous they are.

                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            exotic flower worth trying

                            By Green Nails

                            from Houston, Texas

                            About Me Avid Gardener

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Garden
                              • Patio

                              I just love this flower from the first time I came across its picture online, with vivid color and all the petals going upwards, it looks like a small bunch of dancing flame, no wander it was called fire lily also. When see the description 15-20cm bulb, I was expecting something like a giant onion. When got my package I was quite surprised to find some bulbs more carrot than onion. 

                              Those "carrots" grow very rapidly, send out long shoots, it is very cute to see they actually use the tip of leaves to grab the trellis, and oh, the flower, once they begin to bloom, it will make your neighbor wondering what are those exotic looking flowers.

                              Some things to look out:
                              1. During the second year, it sends out very long (more than 12 inch) shoots in nearby places, before the leaves appear, I couldn't tell what are they and pulled out some.
                              2. It didn't branching much, so don't expect it will cover the whole trellis
                              3. It is very brittle, try to avoid touch them, they will break!
                              Overall, I highly recommend glorisa lily to fellow gardeners, something definitely worth trying.

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