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Climbing Lily

Gloriosa modesta

Also known as

Orange Flame Lily, Klimlelie (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Climbing Lily Overview

Gloriosa modesta is a summer-growing tuberous species from the Colchicaceae family. It produces spectacular two-whorled, yellow flowers. The leaves are interesting, forming tendrils at the tip of every leaf which are used for climbing. This plant is extremely poisonous and should be handled with care.

Common problems with Climbing Lily

It may be susceptible to fungal attack and therefore requires a sandy soil with great drainage.

    How to harvest Climbing Lily

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

    How to propagate Climbing Lily


    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.


    This species doesn't favour propagation by division as the divided tubers tend to shrivel and die.


    Special features of Climbing Lily

    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.

    Attractive flowers

    Orange-coloured with brown speckles on the inside

    Other uses of Climbing Lily



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


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