Toxic Parts:
all parts, especially the tubers
colchicine alkaloids
Flower Color:
  • flower color
  • flower color
  • flower color
  • flower color
ornamental, woodlands, gardens

Time of Greatest Risk


Geographical Distribution

Climbing lily distribution - United States

Related Species

Climbing Lily

Gloriosa superba

Glory Lily, Flame Lily, Gloriosa Lily, Tiger Claw, Langli, Kalikari, Ailni, Agnisikha, Garbhaghatini, Agnimukhi, Isimiselo, Vlamlelie, Riri Vavai-moa
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Gloriosa superba also known as climbing lily, is a semi-woody perennial climbing herb. It produces bright crimson and yellow flowers. The flowers have finger-like petals and lance-shaped leaves tipped with tendrils. G. superba is native to tropical and southern Africa and temperate and tropical Asia. It was introduced to Australia and the United States as a cultivated ornamental.

Climbing Lily Toxic Components

All parts of the plants, especially the tubers, are extremely poisonous. It contains highly active alkaloids such as colchicine, gloriosine, superbrine (a glycoside), chelidonic acid and salicylic acid.

Initial symptoms develop within 2 to 6 hours after ingestion.