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Gloriosa

Previously known as:

  • previously classified as family Lilicaceae
Phonetic Spelling
glo-ree-OH-sah
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Plant tubers horizontally at a depth of 2 - 4 " and 8-12” apart. It prefers well-drained soil and has weak trailing stems that can climb to 6 feet. Gloriosa can overwinter in Zone 8 if mulched. They will grown in sandy soil that has been improved with compost  but they are not salt-tolerant. This vine may be weak or sparse when planted alone and should be combined with another vine on a trellis or other support.

All parts are poisonous, especially tubers (thickened roots) which resemble yams. This plant is highly toxic and may be fatal if eaten.

Pests or diseases:  Aphids, anthracnose, viruses, bulb rot.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
G. rothschildiana , G. superba
Tags:
#red#sun#showy flowers#yellow#poisonous#partial shade#small spaces#houseplant#tendrils#tuberous#well-drained soil#vines#climbing vines#summer bulbs#exotic looking#patio planting
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
G. rothschildiana , G. superba
Tags:
#red#sun#showy flowers#yellow#poisonous#partial shade#small spaces#houseplant#tendrils#tuberous#well-drained soil#vines#climbing vines#summer bulbs#exotic looking#patio planting
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Gloriosa
    Family:
    Colchicaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Indian Subcontinent to Malesia
    Climbing Method:
    Tendrils
    Bulb Storage:
    Store unplanted tubers dry in peat, perlite or vermiculite or dry out planting medium and place containers at 50-80 degrees F.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Vine
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Appendage:
    Tendrils
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is a large, oblong capsule, 2-5 inches long, which contains about 20 seeds in each valve.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    The petals are dark red, with a yellow base and edged in bright yellow with prominent green stamens that spread outward.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblanceolate
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Climbs via tendrils on the tips of the leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Numbness of lips, tongue, and throat, thirst, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, difficult breathing, convulsions
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloids (colchicine and others) and resins
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds
    Stems