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Climbing lily

Gloriosa modesta

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This summer growing tuberous species has spectacular two-horled flowers. The leaves are unique as it has tendrils at the tip of every leaf which are used for climbing. This plant is extremely poisonous and should be handled with care.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest seeds in autumn and place in a warm and dry spot​ until spring.

Propagation

Seed
The easiest way to propagate this plant is by seed. Sow seeds in spring at a depth of 1 cm and space them 10 cm apart.
Division
This species doesn't favour propagation by division as the divided tubers tend to shrivel and die.

Special features

Attracts birds
Sunbirds love the nectar within its flowers.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts large butterflies and ants.
Pot plant
Great pot plant, as it is really compact and perfect for medium to large sized pots. The plant will re-merge every year with attractive leaves then the flowers appear.

Geography

Origin
This species originates from as far as central east Africa and Asia to South Africa's Eastern Cape Province.
Natural climate
Tropical and subtropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
The main poisonous compound found in this plant, is the active ingredient in de-worming medication.

Personality

Family
Colchicaceae
Flower colour
Orange with brown speckles on the inside
Scent
Mild

Problems

This species is highly poisonous, therefore it is rarely attacked by pests. It may be susceptible to fungal attack and therefore requires a sandy soil with great drainage.

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