Interesting flower

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

5 Responses to Interesting flower

  1. Steve Kotze January 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    That looks like a Flame Lily to me, see the Wikipedia entry

    It is the national flower of Zimbabwe (as the article says), but the organisation of former ‘Rhodesians’ is also called the Flame Lily Foundation – so the poor plant has links to some dodgy politics.

  2. Julia January 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Also looks like a Flame Lily to me – pretty but poisonous, so beware.

  3. Niall January 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    cool … wonder how it wandered down to durban …

  4. PETER ELDRIDGE January 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    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.

  5. Lorraine January 20, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    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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