Glorious, Glorious Lily (Gloriosa Superba) Or Lily Of Malabar

Glorious, Glorious Lily (Gloriosa superba) or Lily of Malabar

Gloriosa superba is a climbing tuberous perennial that lives mostly on the edge of streams in the tropics, which means that it will grow indoors or in the greenhouse in our European climates...

Medium green, oval, lanceolate and oblong leaves, 5 to 10 cm long, narrow at the tip to form a kind of tendril up to 5 cm.

But all the interest of these plants lies in their beautiful original flowers: a port falling from the armpit of the upper leaves, they often reach 10 cm in diameter. Composed of 6 red or purple petals, bordered with yellow, wavy edge, the flowers also have long and large stamens widely separated.

The plant is very toxic if swallowed but also during handling which can cause irritation: use gloves.

  • Family: Liliaceae
  • Type: perennial
  • Origin: Africa, India
  • Color: red, purple flowers
  • Sowing: yes
  • Cutting: no
  • Planting: spring
  • Flowering: June to October
  • Height: up to 2 m

Ideal floor and exposure for the gloriosa

The glorious lily is grown indoors in a mix of loam and potting mix, to which you add a little sand. If, however, the glorious is outdoors, a fertile soil enriched with humus and well drained will be the best. The plant should always be placed in full sun or full light.

Date of sowing, division and planting of the gloriosa

Seedings can be between 20 and 25° C. In the spring, you can also divide the tubers.

Planting is preferably done in the spring.

Council of maintenance and culture of the glorious lily


At least weekly watering is required during the growing season. However, in winter, you will keep the tubers dry.

The repotting is done in February, only when the plant is really too cramped in its pot.

Diseases, pests and parasites of the gloriosa

Aphid attacks can hinder her.

Location and favorable association of the glorious lily

It is a plant that is grown in pots for the interior but it can be planted outdoors in a summer massif, as a seasonal plant in the same way as cannas or dahlias.

The only species, the glorious is declined in Gloriosa superba 'Citrina' with lemon yellow flowers with touches of dark red, Gloriosa superba 'Rotschildiana' scarlet red becoming ruby ​​red, with yellow on the edges and at the base...

Video: Kaarththikai poo (Gloriosa superba).

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