Flower of Glory Lily - Liliaceae (Colchicaceae) - Gloriosa Superba ‘Rothschildiana’.

What You Need to Know About the Glory Lily – Liliaceae (Colchicaceae) – Gloriosa Superba ‘Rothschildiana’

A tuberous perennial, the glory lily from tropical Africa and Asia climbs using tendrils at the tips of the leaves. Each tuber produces 1—4 stems, 4 ft, (1.2 m) or more in length. The flowers are produced in midsummer and have strongly swept-back petals of scarlet or ruby red with a yellow base.

Size: Height 4 ft. (1.2 m).

Light: Indirect sunlight with some direct sunlight, but not at noon in summer.

Temperature: Normal room.

Moisture: Keep thoroughly moist from spring to fall.

Feeding: Use standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks in spring and summer.

Propagation: Plant new tubers upright in a pot, with the tip 1 in. (2.5 cm) below’ the surface. As the plant matures, offsets can be severed and pot ted separately in spring.

Special needs: The stems are weak and need support. As the flower buds start to swell, keep the plant warm and well watered, and mist in high temperatures. In winter, store the tuber in the pot in a frost-free posi­tion and keep the soil barely moist.