Friday, July 15, 2011

Gloriosa Lily

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This beautifully striking lily is unusual in that its stem or stalk is more vine-like. It is unable to support its own weight and forms tendrils on the ends of the leaves. These wrap around any available support (I grow mine by an old rusty fence) and up they go. They can also scramble through shrubs that have smaller stems. Gloriosa hails from tropical areas in Africa, but some also are found in Asia. They do just fine in zone 8 though, dying back in winter. They grow from flat tubers. I have not been brave enough to try to dig any of mine up or try to propagate them. I did accidently dig one up last year and moved it  but have seen nothing of it this year.

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