Gloriosa superba – Flame Lily

This plant grows as a vine, reaching 2-3M. Extraordinary red/yellow flowers in mid-summer justify the rather immodest latin name.

This is a completely astonishing flower, that will stop you in your tracks when you see it. I am aware of only one other garden that has this in it – the one my rhizomes came from! It was good enough for  Queen Elizabeth II received a diamond brooch in the shape of this flower for her twenty-first birthday while traveling in [then] Rhodesia. Once discovered it is hard to avoid a little gardening lust creeping into your life.

Click here to view the Gloriosa superba page in Karin’s Garden.