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Gloriosa rothschildiana 

This species is native to tropical Africa. It does not have a bulb  but a large tuber. This tuber has only a single growth point at the apex. In late spring when the weather is warmer and the days lengthen it produces a thin, wiry twining stem which can grow up to 6ft tall. Requires a trellis or stake to support the stem. The leaves terminate in a tendril which helps the plant to attach itself to the support. Brilliant scarlet and yellow flowers produced in early summer. Plant dies down in early autumn and tubers remain dormant underground. 

Care must be taken not to damage the growth eye at the apex of the tuber as a tuber has only one growth point.

 

 

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