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What’s Blooming? Gloriosa Lily!



The Gloriosa Lily, also known as the flame lily, fire lily, or glory lily, is from the plant family of Colchicacea, and originates from tropical Africa and Asia.   It is the national flower of Zimbabwe, where it is a protected plant.  The Gloriosa is perennial herb, and is a climbing plant that can reach 3 meters in height.  All parts of the plant contain colchicine, which is toxic if ingested and can cause skin irritation if handled.  Propagation generally occurs from seeds, although mature plants can be divided and grown from tubers. The hard seeds can remain dormant for 6-9 months.


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