Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Glorious Gloriosa or Flame Lily
These beauties are a treat to work with. Their shape, colour and texture offer up a plethora of opportunity for use in floral design, and give a rare uniqueness to any arrangement that will always have the viewer looking closer! These daring flowers originated in Africa and Asia, where their flower may well have been a warning to those intending to eat the corm that nourishes the plant! It was used as a method of suicide...(nice).
The flowers range from greenish yellow to bright red (my favourite).
Keep your eyes open for these, they are a treat to have in your garden, but even better to have in any floral design.
Ref: "Cut Flowers of the World", p. 201, Maree, J & Van Wyk B-E. Timberpress, 2010.