Gloriosa superba is a bulbous or rather tuberous plant for spring planting that should not be deprived of in the garden. It is also called Malabar Lily, Glorious Lily, or simply "Glorious", but also Climbing Lily or Wavy Lily. Certainly not hardy, this fast-growing and exceptionally flowering flower will adorn fences where it will wind up very quickly. It is one of the flowers that can decorate the interiors of a protected veranda or pergola. The flowers, with wavy petals, curved towards the light revealing the reproductive organs, the pistils, which form a sort of inverted crown. Gloriosa flowers are scarlet red and yellow in color around the edges and to the core, and leave no one indifferent to their charm. It is a plant native to wooded areas and humid forests of tropical Africa, it is also found in India under the name of "Kalihari", 2 areas with very different climates from metropolitan France, hence the annual cultivation. .
• Gloriosa Superba “Rothschildiana”
• Cycle: Perennial
• Foliage: Lapsed
• Hardiness: Non-hardy (+ 10 ° C)
• Family: Colchicaceae, colchicaceae
• Harbor : Vine
• Exhibition: Sun or partial shade
• Ground : Deep, fresh and humus
• Sowing: –
• Plantation: Spring
• Flowering: June to October
• Rooting: tuber
• Cultivation area: Every year
• Origin : South America and India
• Honey plant: –
• Edible plant: No
• Poisonous plant: the bulb is poisonous if swallowed
• As the plant is non-hardy, it should be grown as an annual, digging up and tucking in bulbs or tubers in the fall before severe frosts.
• Gloriosa is a plant which, in India, has been used in pharmacopoeia for a very long time, in particular for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is used in particular against arthritis, gout, rheumatism, as well as certain skin diseases or itching. It would also have muscle relaxant properties, which can be used in the treatment of muscle pain, such as lavender.
• Magnificent and original flowering.
• Rapid growth.
• Sun in partial shade.
A word from the amateur gardener:
This is a plant that loves the sun. But the base of the plant must always remain cool during the growing season. A very sunny and hot exposure could make its cultivation difficult. In these cases, it will be advisable to protect the gloriosa base with a large tile or mulch, for example, as can be done for clematis which will reduce the evaporation of water from the soil.
• Deep, cool and humus.
• Sowing and division of tubers
• In late winter or early spring under warm shelter.
• Gloriosa seedlings should be prepared hot, 20 to -25 ° C.
• Cultivate them in a mixture of soil for seedlings and peat (30%).
• Grow in a mini-greenhouse or under shelter heated to 20 - 25 ° C.
• Sow the seeds by driving them 0.5 to 1 cm deep.
• Keep the mixture moist until shoots appear.
• Subsequently the soil must remain moist, water on a dry surface.
• Transplant in a cup for easy replanting in the garden.
• The plants can be placed outdoors as soon as the risks of temperatures below + 10 ° C are eliminated.
• Young plants should be dug up quickly in the fall.
• Divide in the spring, when the bulbs have already developed well in the garden for at least 2 to 3 years.
• This is a fairly common method for all tuberous plants, and is more easily successful than seedlings.
• Usually dug up in October, then stored in a dry place between 10 and 15 ° C,
• It is in spring, when transplanting, that the lateral tubers must be separated from the main tuber,
• Then transplant them in pots, in a mixture of planting soil and peat at 30%.
• One tuber per pot.
• In mild regions, transplanting can be done directly in the ground.
• In spring, when temperatures below 10 ° C are no longer to be feared.
• May or June.
• Work the soil deeply.
• Add a draining material, such as sand.
• Also add planting soil.
• Place the bulbs or tubers between 5 and 10 cm deep.
• Cover with potting soil and tamp.
• Keep the soil cool.
• In very hot areas and full sun exposure, protect the bottom of the plant with a tile.
• And do not hesitate to mulch the soil to avoid too rapid evaporation.
A tip from Raymond passionate gardener:
The shape of the gloriosa tuber, “jumper”, is a bit special, in fact you sometimes wonder how to place it in the ground. Raymond advises us to simply lay the tuber flat. Thanks again to him.
• Maintain flowering: remove faded flowers.
• Sometimes aphids can attack the plant: treat with a mixture of water and black soap.
• In October, dig up the bulbs, clean and let dry, then place them in a dry place in blackout paper.
• From June to October
• Gloriosa Lutea, Yellow malabar lily: plain yellow flowers, beautiful and bright, perfect in association with those of Gloriosa superba.
• Plant gloriosa in a mixture of varieties, with cannas, dahlias, crinoles or crinum powellii, volubilis or ipomées…
• ATa garden: isolated on a stake, on a fence, the pillar of a pergola ...
• Without garden: In pot, planted in mixed soil from the garden, potting soil and peat.
Gloriosa superba: Magnificent tuberous climber with scarlet flowers
Gloriosa superba, gloriosa Lutea, a magnificent tuberous climbing plant with original flowers, red and yellow petals, slender towards the heavens, adorned by an inverted crown. Find out how to add it to the garden with Our website
There are about 250 species in the genus Alpinia, all from the Asian tropics.
Red ginger, purple alpine, galangal, red or pink lavender, opuhi (Alpinia purpurata)
Flower of my soul, tears of the virgin, shell ginger, longose (Alpinia zerumbet, syn. A. nutans, A. speciosa)
'Variegata Chinese Beauty'
Alpinia vittata (syn. A. sanderae)
Greater galangal, major galangal (Alpinia galanga, syn. Languas g.)
True jalap, lesser galangal, minor galangal, Chinese galangal, purgative volubilis (Alpinia officinarum)
Since your fence looks too moody and you want to give it a romantic touch, Evergreen Honeysuckle on Wire Mesh is a wonderful solution. Whether you want to conceal stone or wooden planks, crown an archway or your front porch, this Chinese twin vine grows vigorously. Due to its overhanging shoots, the maximum height reaches 12 meters depending on the location.
An ornamental plant for porches, fences and house bays
If you want to conceal the stone or the wooden planks
How to plant, propagate and care for evergreen honeysuckle on wire mesh
Despite a weak trunk, the plant is evergreen most of the year, especially in a mild microclimate and a sheltered location. For its part, the foliage curls up in harsh winters when the roots can no longer draw water from the frozen soil and eventually falls off before regrowing in early spring. Thanks to their hardiness, the leaves are not too susceptible to downy mildew or prone to disease. For you to enjoy splendid blooms all summer long, the evergreen honeysuckle on wire mesh should be pruned occasionally in the spring and thinned out to promote branching.
Crowning an archway or your front porch, this Chinese twin vine grows vigorously
Due to its overhanging shoots, the maximum height reaches 12 meters depending on the location
While honeysuckle is a climbing plant that produces fragrant, evergreen, or deciduous flowers, it can instill a must-have romantic vibe and privacy anywhere it is planted.
If you want to create a hedge or a facade, opt for the evergreen honeysuckle on wire mesh, using a climbing system.
Adorn a porch or the front door
Despite a weak trunk, the plant is evergreen
First, the supporting grid should be vertical or fan or net shaped. As for the horizontal elements, they give the plant a better grip and promote the density of the foliage. Compatible rope systems are ideal for this purpose. Still, choose a basic or basic simple trellis or a mid-range trellis. For trellises longer than 6 meters, choose a heavy or massive type.
Under the window, next to the front door
In a mild microclimate and a protected place
That is, the climbing honeysuckle produces fragrant flowers, followed by red berries that are very attractive to birds but poisonous to humans.
If you have trouble with downy mildew, the Lonicera nitida variety makes a sensible alternative. For winter flowers and scents, winter deciduous honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima, is unbeatable.
The foliage curls up in harsh winters when the roots can no longer draw water from the frozen soil and eventually falls off before regrowing in early spring.
In the garden, several metal trellises
Love to be caressed by the sun
Keep in mind when you have decided to plant that the roots do best in the shade and the branches prefer the caress of the sun. For this reason, the wall or fence should face west.
Thanks to their hardiness, the leaves are not too susceptible to mildew or prone to disease
There are both evergreen and deciduous varieties
Even though the plant can be grown in containers, it will never grow as well as it does in garden soil. Indeed, all types of soil are favorable but the one that is well drained and rich in humus is to be preferred.
Alternating roses and honeysuckle
Occasionally prune in the spring and thin out to promote branching
When planting the evergreen shrub, Lonicera nitida, consider purchasing bare rooted plants in the fall or winter. To keep the hedge dense, arrange five small plants per meter, digging into well-rotten organic matter.
All types of soil are favorable but the one that is well drained and rich in humus is to be preferred
A distance of 5 m is preferable
Being self-gripping, still young, the honeysuckle needs a helping hand. If growing against a wall, use galvanized wires and secure the plant to them by guiding the stems with a bamboo cane. Water well and fertilize with a general purpose fertilizer in the spring.
Since there are several varieties of Lonicera, you need to know the pruning period for each.
The horizontal elements give the plant a better grip and promote the density of the foliage
A honeysuckle hedge for privacy
Provided that the honeysuckle's greatest enemy is the aphid, prune the infested shoots and apply an insecticide. When a plant is unhealthy, the leaves become deformed and curl which prevents climbing.
It is necessary to prune the infested parts and to use an insecticide against the aphids
First, extract the seeds from the berries and immediately sow them in pots of garden soil. Then let the seeds germinate in a cold atmosphere or in the refrigerator during the winter. In the spring, before the seeds do not germinate, be sure to keep them at a temperature of 15 .C.
You can sow the seeds in pots or leave in the fridge during the winter
As we have already mentioned, the berries are toxic to humans, but an oiled extract has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties in arthritis and joint pain.
Herbal tea from the flowers can relieve asthma, coughs, and other respiratory infections. Thanks to the element aromadendrene, the plant has antibacterial activity. Its aroma is favorable against stress, irritated skin is relieved by the oil and the hair becomes strong and soft if you use two drops of honeysuckle oil in combination with coconut oil.
Recommend essential oil for irritated skin and exhausted hair
Against coughs, flu, asthma
The rhythm of blooming wonders of Peru continues to fascinate due to its very ephemeral character. They open their flowers at the end of the day, depending on humidity and temperature, but in general when a decrease in brightness occurs. From this moment, it opens quickly and therefore grows in an accelerated manner over a very short time. This growth is also achieved with flower cell walls that are more frail, which explains why it fades the next morning, its cells dying in stride: we speak of programmed cell death or programmed senescence.
These garden flowers come in many species and varieties. Their cultivation can be very simple or on the contrary downright difficult because the climate in the garden and the intensity of the light strongly influence these plants. To put it simply, they like rich soils, tend to slightly acidic, but many also support a little limestone. They mainly claim land that remains fresh during their growing season, in any case which are never too dry.