Latin name: Gloriosa ‘Rothschildiana’
Description: Very sensual scrambler-climber and always admired for its beauty. Gloriosa grows from tubers planted in the spring and will twine up anything. The leaves are bright apple-green, up to 8cm long and produce tendrils from the leaf tips to attach themselves to anything they touch. In high summer stunning solitary, red, yellow, purple or bicoloured flowers up to 12cm across. ‘Rothschildiana’ is the most commonly available, with completely recurved, undulating, bright scarlet-red petals that are yellow towards the base.
Hardiness: When the plant dies down in the autumn, store the brittle tubers in a dry, frost-free place for the winter months
Height: 1.8m or more
Position: Dappled shade
Soil: Well drained, humus rich, fertile soil
Water: Keep moist
Usage: Best grown in a container in a position that this wonderful plant can be easily seen