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  • Born and educated in Germany, I came to live in the UK in 1982. After working in various jobs over the years, I am now a freelance writer. I have a passion for wildlife and nature in general and love my family, my dog Jet, writing, music and dragons.
  • Born and educated in Germany, I came to live in the UK in 1982. After working in various jobs over the years, I am now a freelance writer. I have a passion for wildlife and nature in general and love my family, my dog Jet, writing, music and dragons.

A - Z Plant List

A - B - C - D/E

F - G - H/I/J

K/L - M - N/O

P - Q/R - S

T to Z


The A - Z of House Plants is currently under construction. Plant names will be linked to their corresponding articles as they are added. Please be patient - there are a lot of plants, and there may be days when only one or two articles can be added at a time. In the meantime, why not take a look at some of these general care articles:


A brief Guide to Potting Mixes


When and how to repot House Plants


Grooming House Plants - the Basics


Indoor House Plants and Light


Ten House Plants tolerating low Light Conditions


Indoor House Plants and Humidity Levels


Watering Indoor House Plants


Fertilising House Plants


To save readers having to scroll through the whole alphabet when looking for a specific plant, each section will be moved to its own page once all corresponding articles have been added. 


Yet to come: 




(Haworthia species)

Heartleaf Philodendron

(Philodendron scandens)


(Helleborus niger)


(Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

Hyacinth Flower

(Hyacinthus orientalis hybrids)


(Hydrangea macrophylla)




(Impatiens hybrids)

Iron Cross Begonia

(Begonia masoniana)

Ivy Geranium

(Pelargonium peltatum)


(Ixora coccinea)



Jade Plant

(Crassula ovata)

Janet Craig Dracaena

(Dracaena deremensis)

Japanese Aralia

(Fatsia japonica)

Jasmine Plant

(Jasminum polyanthum)

Jerusalem Cherry

(Solanum pseudocapsicum)



Kaffir Lily

(Clivia miniata)

Kentia Palm

(Howea forsteriana)



Lady Palm

(Rhapis excelsa)

Lantana Plants

(Lantana camara)

Lily of the Valley                                      

(Convallaria majalis)

Lipstick Plant                                          

(Aeschynanthus lobbianus)

Living Stones                                           

(Lithops species)

Lucky Bamboo                                        

(Dracaena sanderiana)



Madagascar Palm                                    

(Pachypodium lamerei)

Maidenhair Fern                                       


Mandevilla Plant                                       

(Mandevilla hybrids)

Martha Washington Geranium                   

(Pelargonium domesticum)


(Medinilla magnifica)

Ming Aralia                                              

(Polyscias fruticosa)

Miniature Roses                                        

(Rosa chinensis hybrids)

Mona Lavender                                        

(Plectranthus hybrid)

Money Tree Plant                                     

(Pachira aquatica)

Moses in the Cradle                                 

(Tradescantia spathacea)

Mother of Thousands                                

(Kalanchoe daigremontiana)

Mother-in-Law's Tongue/ Snake Plant        

(Sansevieria trifasciata)



Nerve Plant                                              

(Fittonia verschaffeltii)

New Guinea Impatiens                              

(Impatiens x hawkeri hybrid)

Norfolk Island Pine                                   

(Araucaria heterophylla)



Oleander Plant                                         

(Nerium oleander)

Orchid Cactus                                         

(Epiphyllum species and hybrids)

Ornamental Chili Pepper                           

(Capsicum annuum)



Paddle Plant                                            

(Kalanchoe thyrsiflora)

Panda Plant                                            

(Kalanchoe tomentosa)


(Viola x wittrockiana)

Paperwhite Narcissus                               

(Narcissus jonquilla)

Papyrus Plant                                          

(Cyperus papyrus)

Parlor Palm                                             

(Chamaedorea elegans)

Parrot Flower                                           

(Heliconia psittacorum)

Passion Flower                                        

(Passiflora caerulea)

Peace Lily


Peacock Plant                                         

(Calathea makoyana)


(Peperomia caperata)

Periwinkle Flower                                     

(Catharanthus roseus)

Persian Shield                                         

(Strobilanthes dyerianus)

Persian Violet                                          

(Exacum affine)

Piggyback Plant                                      

(Tolmiea menziesii)

Pink Calla Lily                                         

(Zantedeschia rehmannii)

Pink Quill                                                

(Tillandsia cyanea)

Pitcher Plant                                           

(Nepenthes hybrids)


(Plumeria rubra)

Pocketbook Plant                                    

(Calceolaria herbeohybrida)


(Euphorbia pulcherrima)

Polka Dot Plant                                       

(Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Ponytail Palm                                          

(Beaucarnea recurvata)

Pothos/ Devil's Ivy                                    

(Epipremnum aureum)

Powder Puff Tree                                      

(Calliandra haematocephala)

Prayer Plant                                            

(Maranta leuconeura)

Primrose Flowers                                     

(Primula hybrids)

Purple Heart Plant                                    

(Tradescantia pallida)

Purple Passion Plant                                

(Gynura aurantiaca)

Purple Shamrock                                     

(Oxalis regnellii)

Pygmy Date Palm                                     

(Phoenix roebelenii)



Queen's Tears                                         

(Billbergia nutans)



Rabbit Foot Fern                                      

(Davallia fejeensis)

Rex Begonia                                            

(Begonia rex)

Rosary Vine                                            

(Ceropegia woodii)

Rubber Plant                                           

(Ficus elastica)



Sago Palm                                              

(Cycas revoluta)

Satin Pothos                                           

(Scindapsus pictus)

Scarlet Star                                             

(Guzmania lingulata)

Scented Geranium                                   

(Pelargonium species and hybrids)


(Schefflera actinophylla)

Sensitive Plant                                         

(Mimosa pudica)

Shamrock Plant                                       

(Oxalis species)

Shrimp Plant                                           

(Justicia brandegeana)

Siam Tulip                                               

(Curcuma alismatifolia)

Spider Lily                                               

(Hymenocallis littoralis)

Spider Plant

(Chlorophytum comosum)

Split-Leaf Philodendron                             

(Philodendron bipinnatifidum)

Staghorn Fern                                          

(Platycerium bifurcatum)

Strawberry Begonia                                  

(Saxifraga stolonifera)

String of Pearls                                        

(Senecio rowleyanus)

Swedish Ivy                                             

(Plectranthus species)

Sweet Potato Vine                                   

(Ipomea batatas)

Swiss Cheese Plant                                 

(Monstera deliciosa)


Thanksgiving Cactus                                

(Schlumbergera truncata)

Ti Plant                                                   

(Cordyline terminalis)

Tiger's Jaw                                              

(Faucaria tigrina)


(Tulipa hybrids)


U - V - W

Urn Plant                                                 

(Aechmea fasciata)

Venus Fly Trap                                        

(Dionaea muscipula)

Wandering Jew                                        

(Tradescantia albiflora)

Wax Begonia                                           

(Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum)

Wax Plant                                               

(Hoya carnosa)

Weeping Fig                                            

(Ficus benjamina)

Windmill Palm Tree                                  

(Trachycarpus fortunei)


X - Y - Z


(Yucca elephantipes)

Zebra Plant                                              

(Aphelandra squarrosa)

ZZ Plant                                                  

(Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

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Plant Summary

glory-lilyBotanical Name: Gloriosa superba

Type: Flowering

Origin: Gloriosa superba originates from tropical Africa and parts of India.

Height: Different varieties of the Glory Lily can grow to heights ranging from 40 cm (16 in) up to as much as 4 m (13 ft).

Soil: Glory Lilies should be planted in well-draining peat moss potting mixes.

Light: This house plant requires lots of bright, but indirect light in order to bloom.

Humidity: Gloriosa superba plants need moderate to high levels of humidity. Levels can be raised using humidity trays and/ or by misting the plants' foliage. 

Temperatures: Being a tropical plant, Gloriosa superba requires average temperatures of 16 to 24 degrees C (60 to 75 degrees F) to thrive.

glory-lily-gtWater: During the Glory Lily's growing season (spring/ summer), the potting mix must be kept evenly moistened at all times. It is, however, vital to prevent it from getting soggy, as this will cause the plant's tuber to rot.

Fertiliser: Dilute a high potassium fertiliser (liquid) by half and feed every 14 to 21 days during the growing season.

Propagation: Sow Glory Lily seeds in spring or propagate this house plant by dividing tuber offsets (typically forming during the plant's growing season). 

Description and Care Tips 

The perennial Gloriosa superba is a vigorously climbing evergreen vine belonging to the Colchicaceae family, a member of the Liliaceae clan. Growing in open woodland, as well as along roads and cultivated land margins in its native habitat of India and eastern Africa, this incredible plant typically features climbing stems that can get several metres long and have narrow oval, often lanceolate, alternate leaves. The tips of these leaves are typically tipped with tendrils that are short, but very efficient.  

In reality, however, there is very little that is typical about this unique and certainly variable plant. Gloriosa superba may be climbing or erect; leaves may be narrow or broad, oval or linear and tipped with tendrils or without. What's more, a single plant may look different with each new growing season.

The flowers show an equally bewildering diversity. Colours vary from single or bi-colour shades of yellow, fiery oranges and/ or red to crimson, scarlet and/or purple. The margins of the petals may also be more or less (or not at all) undulated. 

As a result of these differences, the plant is known under a range of synonyms, including Gloriosa lutea, Gloriosa rothschildiana and Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildiana'. Often marketed as different species, they are, in fact, all variations of the same species.

glory-lily-woWhat all of these variations have in common is that watching the buds - which start out as insignificant looking, pale green and modestly hanging heads - develop is a joy to behold. When the petals start opening and gently flexing outwards, a pink blush appears, and their margins may start to curl and crimp (I guess whether they do depends on the mood the plant is in at the time). 

Gradually rising higher, the blooms then climax in what can only be described as a glorious, flaming corona of colour - set above radiating stars of golden pollen tipped stamens and sweeping to one side as though they were deliberately bent at their base.

In spite of the fact that the Glory Lily is highly toxic (see Wise Owl's Nuggets of Knowledge), it is an extremely popular house plant and - given that care is taken when handling it - can be grown and cared for easily.

Best started off in spring, the tubers should be handled with great care not only because they are the plant's most toxic part, but also because they are very brittle and can break easily. They should be planted - at a depth of approximately 8 cm (3 in) - horizontally in rich, freely draining potting mix contained within a reasonably sized pot (this is important, as limited space will result in downward growth, producing more tubers, rather than flowering plants).  

Once shoots begin to emerge, regular watering and fertilising are vital in order to keep the plant happy and encourage flowering. It may also be necessary to provide support for the Glory Lily's wispy tendrils.

Well looked after Gloriosa superba plants will produce flowers throughout the summer months, followed by the appearance of oval, fairly large seed pods. If allowed to dry while still on the plant, the seeds can then be gathered and kept dry until the next spring.

glory-lily-stTo use them, they should be soaked for 24 hours (in tepid water), after which the flesh should be removed before sowing them approximately 2 cm (just over 1/2 in) deep in quality seed compost. Kept at a constant temperature of 20 to 25 degrees C (68 to 77 degrees F), the slow-germinating seeds should produce seedlings after around four months, although germination may take longer, so patience is required).

Dead-heading spent flowers will, by the way, encourage new blooms. Once flowering has finished, seeds have been gathered and the foliage has died back naturally, withered stems should be cut off before storing the tubers in a cool (16 degrees C/ 60 degrees F), dry place until spring, when they can be divided (while still dormant) and planted again.

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Jeanette Bergoff 01/18/2014 20:27

Hello I saw the wonderful pic showing quite a few different varieties of Glory Lilies/Flame Lilies. Where can one purchase this range in the UK?