Gloriosa superba L.

Gloriosa Lily




Family: Colchicaceae

Genus: Gloriosa

Category: Vine

Zones: 9 to 11

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Flower petals turn from green to yellow to red as they open. Flowers to 5" long, crinkly looking, wavy petals. Twining vine with tendrils. Moist well-drained soil.

From Bot. Reg. The plant is singular as well as beautiful. The scarlet undulate retroverted ascending segments of the corolla, are likened by Linnueus to so many flames...


'Rothschildiana' - bright pink-red with yellow edges


Native to the East Indies and introduced in 1690.

Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 305 in 1753.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 77 in 1815 and in Bot. Repos. 2: 129 in 1801.

From Bot. Repos. The Gloriosa superba, a native of Guinea, as well as the coast of Malabar in the East Indies, is said to be every part poisonous.

From Bot. Reg. Native of the East Indies. Introduced by Mr. Bentinck, afterwards Lord Portland, in 1690.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Methonica malabarorum - not listed in Tropicos or PlantList. Published prior to Linnaean classification (1687 & 1696).

Methonica superba (L.) Crantz - synonym

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