Gloriosa Lily

Like a flash of firelight, Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa rothschildiana or commonly, Flame Lily or Fire Lily) is an eye-catching climbing tender perennial that bears unusual rich-toned red flowers, with penciled yellow edges and swept back petals. Spice up a boring wall or trellis with Gloriosa! (Note: All parts of the plant are poisonous.)
Zones2 - 10
Easy To Grow
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Good For Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
40 to 50"
Mature Plant Size60-72" tall (5-6 feet)
Bulb Spacing1 tuber per sq. ft.
Bloom TimeMid summer until frost
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SizeBag of 3

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa rothschildiana) is a standout vining perennial that bears unique exotic 4-5" flowers in shades of red and yellow. Also known as Flame Lily or Fire Lily, it grows 5-8 feet in a season, and is lightweight and easy to train up a wall or trellis with light supports. Plant in a sun to part shade location (6-8 hours of sun per day) in compost enriched, well-drained soil. Avoid intense afternoon sun if possible. Plant Gloriosa Lily 2-3" away from your trellis. Keep the soil evenly moist until shoots appear 2-3 weeks after planting, then reduce watering to once or twice per week, whenever it feels dry an inch below the surface. Tie the vine as it begins to grow up the trellis, just to get them started. Fertilize regularly during the growing season and enjoy a summer filled with tropical flowers! 5-8 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide. Note: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. Toxic to squirrels, dogs, cats and horses.
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Common Name
Gloriosa Lily
Botanical Name
Gloriosa rothschildiana
Item Package Size
Bag of 3
Flower Color
Pink, Yellow
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Bloom Time
Mid summer until frost
Mature Height
60-72" tall (5-6 feet)
Bulb Spacing
1 tuber per sq. ft.
Flower Bulb Size
15-20 cm
Planting Depth
Plant tubers horizontally (laying flat) 2" to 3" below the surface.
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Well Draining
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Easy To Grow, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Good For Cut Flowers
Additional Information
Perennial in zones 8-10. Annual in zones 3-7.
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Item Unit Of Measure
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Ships To Canada
Planting Guides

Summer Blooming Bulbs, including popular varieties such as gladiolus and dahlias, are planted in the spring and bloom in the summer. Most of these bulbs are tropical and require warm weather to be planted. There must not be any danger of frost and your ground temperature must have reached 55 degrees Fahrenheit before planting. Many of our summer blooming bulbs can be planted as perennials in zones 9-10 (zone 8 if mulched), but should be treated as annuals in cooler climates. You can lift them and store them in the fall, or bring patio pots inside before frost. See page 15 of our Planting Guide for a bulb depth planting illustration.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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