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Flame Lily 'Rothschildiana'

Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildiana'

Also known as

Climbing lily

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Flame Lily 'Rothschildiana' Overview

Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildiana' is a spectacular tuberous plant that has beautiful red wavy-edged flowers with yellow edges and resembles a burning flame. Its leaves are unique as it has tendrils at the tip of every leaf which are used for climbing. This plant is extremely poisonous and needs to be handled​ with care.

Common problems with Flame Lily 'Rothschildiana'

To avoid fungal attacks plant in soil with good drainage.

How to harvest Flame Lily 'Rothschildiana'

Harvest seeds in autumn and keep warm and dry until spring.

How to propagate Flame Lily 'Rothschildiana'


Divide tubers just before new growth emerges in spring. Only divide large clumps and remove offsets to place them at a depth of 10 cm and space them 10 cm apart.


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. Germination can take place anywhere between 2 weeks and 3 months from sowing.

Special features of Flame Lily 'Rothschildiana'

Attractive flowers

Flowers are borne on long pedicels. They have 6 wavy-edged petals that are bent backwards so that they are pointing upwards.

Attracts birds

Sunbirds are attracted by the nectar produced by the flowers.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts large butterflies and ants.

Drought resistant

This species is water-wise and require very little amounts of water.

Indoor plant

Can be grown indoors in a pot where filtered light is present.

Pot plant

Great pot plant, as it is compact and perfect for medium to large sized pots.

Other uses of Flame Lily 'Rothschildiana'

Climbing, greenhouse


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


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