Gloriosa Rothschildiana is more commonly known as the Gloriosa Lily or Glory Lily from the latin Gloria meaning honour, fame. This splendid and exotic lily was named after Baron Z.W. Rothschild, an authority on birds, who brought the flower from Africa and entered it at an exhibition of the English Horticultural Society at the turn of the century.
The flower bears six delicate reflexed petals with scalloped yellow edges each measuring approximately 3-4" (8-10cm) across.
Originally from tropical Africa, Gloriosa is the national flower of Zimbabwe. Since then it has mainly been grown in Holland. It was first cultivated in the UK in 1902.
Red through to cerise with yellow edges.
April to October
These flowers are extremely sensitive to being handled and are therefore often sold in inflatable bags to avoid damage. Wilting flowers can be revived by immersing in deep water for several hours.
Gloriosa is in fact a vine and therefore can be bought as single stems (short variety) or as a whole top vine with several clusters of flowers (long variety).