Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildiana' (Glory Lily)

Scientific Name

Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildiana'

Common Names

Glory Lily, Gloriosa Lily


Gloriosa rothschildiana

Scientific Classification

Family: Colchicaceae
Genus: Gloriosa


Color: Red petals, with wavy yellow edges
Bloom Time: Summer


Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildiana' is a deciduous tuberous tendril climber that grows up to 6.7 feet (2 m) tall. Leaves are lance-shaped. The upper leaf axils bear flowers, up to 4 inches (10 cm) across, in the summer. The lily-like flowers comprise six reflexed red petals, with wavy yellow edges, surrounding a cluster of curved and protruding stamens.

Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildiana' - Glory Lily
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USDA hardiness zone 8b to 11b: from 15 °F (−9.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Select a location that receives six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day. In southern climates, an area that allows the vines to grow in full sun while the plant's roots remain shaded is the best location for growing a Gloriosa Lily plant. Some protection from the afternoon sun may be needed as well.

Prepare the soil by tilling to a depth of 8 inches (20 cm) and amending with generous amounts of organic matter such as peat moss, compost, or well-rotted manure. Organic matter improves both drainage and aeration and provides a slow-release fertilizer to your Gloriosa Lilies.

Erect a 6-to 8-foot (1.8 to 2.4 m) trellis for your Gloriosa Lilies before planting. Check that it is secure and will not topple under the weight of the growing Gloriosa Lilies.

The ideal time for Gloriosa Lily planting is in the spring after the soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Plant the Gloriosa Lily tubers approximately 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 cm) from the trellis. Dig a hole to the depth of 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) and lay the tuber on its side in the hole. See more at How to Grow and Care for Gloriosa Lilies.


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