It was like watching a video on a fast-forward mode; within a week, the nub on one of the tubers grew an amazing 30cm.
With each day, the spindly shoot grew taller, and within three short weeks of planting, I saw the first Gloriosa blossom.
The flower went through a spectrum of colours as it opened gradually; from a light apple green and pastel yellow, to a pale blush which gradually flamed into a hot, intense cerise.
If you are keen to have a go at the flaming Gloriosa, do exercise a bit of caution. It wouldn’t pay to get your fingers burnt by what is listed as one of the most breathtaking but dangerous flowers in the world.
Care and propagation:
Semi-shade to full sun; garden soil, water moderately. Needs support. Propagate using tubers or seeds