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    • Gloriosa rothschildiana closeup flower
    • Gloriosa rothschildiana
    • Gloriosa rothschildiana climbing
    • Gloriosa rothschildiana tuber
    Description:

    This listing is for 1 large Gloriosa superba tuber.

    Care: Plant in Spring 1-2” deep in good potting soil. Once the plant emerges from soil, keep moist but not wet and feed lightly several times during the growing season. Bright light-full sun. Prefers to grow on a trellis or something it can climb. Dies back in late summer-early fall. We dig them up every year and store them in a cool-cold, dark, dry spot until we plant them again in April. 

     

    Like other members of the Colchicaceae, all parts of this plant are poisonous, containing high levels of the toxic alkaloid colchicine but especially in the tubers.


    Gloriosa superba is the only species in this genus in the autumn-crocus family (Colchicaceae). With various common names including gloriosa lily, glory lily, fire lily, flame lily, climbing lily, creeping lily, and cat’s claw or tiger’s claw. This deciduous, summer-growing tuberous plant is grown as a perennial in mild climates (zones 8-12) and as a summer “bulb” in colder areas for its dramatic flowers. This plant is the national flower of Zimbabwe.

     

    One to four slender stems which generally grow 1-6 feet long (but can be up to 15 feet under ideal conditions) emerge from a fleshy, red-brown, elongated, often forked tuberous rhizome in spring. The numerous, soft, oval- to spear-shaped, glossy emerald green leaves are generally produced alternately along the stems but sometimes are opposite or whorled, too. Each sessile leaf has strong, parallel veins and tapers at the tip into a 1¼-2” inch long coiling, clinging tendril which allows this scrambling plant to ascend other plants or structures. The stems die back in late summer or fall.

    Light Requirements:
    Bright, Indirect Sun
    Bloom Season:
    Summer, Fall
    Current Plant Size:
    Blooming size
    Temperature Range:
    Warm, Intermediate

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Shipping Info

1-2 tubers-$11.00,   3-4 tubers-$14.50,   $150 or more- Shipping is free! 

A box warmer is included in your shipment, free of charge, if needed to ensure plant's well being. Other sellers charge up to $4 for this! We ship USPS Priority only.

International shipping is the cost of postage + $5 for packing costs, usually $30-35 for orders up to 1 kilo. Over a kilo is only a bit more, so multiple plant orders are more cost-effective. 3 adult plants or 10 seedlings usually weigh about a kilo. We ship by U.S. Postal Service priority mail. You can check out postage rates at www.usps.com.

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