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Sunday, 11 January 2009

Indigenous Beauties : Gloriosa superba

The flame lily is a truly spectacular plant in full bloom, but its a plant that comes with a warning label - the whole plant is extremely poisonous when eaten.

Gloriosa superba
Flame lily

But even though its blossoms bite, its apricot/orange/red flowers make it worth finding a place to show it off.

It loves semi-shade, and will often climb up into the shrubs and trees that surround it. It seems to grow best in sandy soil, but with plenty of water.

It flowers in summer, and then dies back completely in winter, leaving little trace of its beauty.

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