Common Name: Malabar Lily, Glorious Lily, Flame Lily, Fire Lily, Tiger’s Claw
Origin: Africa, India
Height at maturity: up to 2 meters
Exposure: sunny or full light
Plant type: climbing plant
Flowering: June to October
Flower color: red and yellow
Soil type: loam mixed with sand 50/50
Use: indoors, pot
Diseases and pests: aphids
Toxicity: very toxic plant
Storage of seeds: 2 years in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
The Malabar Lily is a tuberous, climbing herbaceous plant. Its natural habitat is in tropical areas along waterways.
This plant is of great ornamental interest for its surprising flowers with red petals edged with yellow and widely spaced stamens. The flowers measure about ten centimeters in diameter and appear at the end of a stem during the months of June to October. When mature, the plant can reach an honorable height of two meters.
The Flame Lily does well in soil composed of potting soil with added sand, but also in humus-rich, well-draining soil exposed to light.
The cultivation of this plant is quite possible indoors or in a greenhouse during the cooler seasons. Sowing should be carried out at an ambient temperature of 20 – 25°C. The plant is very vigorous and very easy to grow.
Be careful, all parts of the plant are very toxic, as are the seeds. It is best to use gloves when handling and planting this lily.