30 March 2008

Flame Lilly

The Flame Lilly (Gloriosa superba) is the national flower of Zimbabwe.

It is a protected species in Zimbabwe.

It is a tubrous perennial with weak stems which supports itself by attaching tendrils, found at the tips of the leaves, to other plants.

The Flame Lilly prefers semi-shade and protection from the wind.

The bulbs are poisonous.

The flowers tend to be red, orange or yellow. The colour deepens with age. Often they are bi-coloured, as above. They flower in summer.

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