Gloriosa rothschildiana

Glory Lily is a liana native to tropical Africa. It has glossy, opposite leaves, sometimes in whorls of three, and terminated by tendrils with which the plant clings to a support. The flowers, 10-15 cm (4-6 in) across, grow singly on very thin stalks. The long style is geniculate, the stigma three-branched. It produces cylindrical tubers, 15 cm (6 in) long. They are poisonous, containing the alkaloid colchicine.

The plant dies back in winter, so limit watering in the autumn and withhold it completely in the winter. Water liberally during the growing period and feed with organic fertilizers. The flowers are good for cutting and will last up to 10 days in a vase. Propagate by means of the tubers. Place them horizontally in the pot. A supporting grid should be put in the pot at the same time as the tubers so as not to damage them by later insertion when they have started new growth. As soon as young plants appear they should be put in a very light place. The tubers should be overwintered at a temperature of 8° -10° C (46°-50° F).

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