Interesting flower

Spotted in an indigenous garden. Looks South American to me!

5 replies on “Interesting flower”

Yes, this is a Flame Lily which is Rhodesia’a (Zimbabwe) national flower. They grow well in well drained soil and have a tubular / bulb type root. They are VERY poisonous so keep away from children and pets. We have a few growing at home here in Waterfall, Kwazulunatal and they come up every year.

This is Gloriosa superba, a flame lily as Peter says, and is indigenous to the Cape coast, Natal, Swaziland, Northern Province, Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. There is also a yellow variety and my gran grew both successfully in Johannesburg for many years.

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