This flower is as a deadly beauty.
Every part of this plant, belonging to the lilly family, can kill you! Eating the flower itself should only make your hair fall out (if you're lucky) and of course you'll be violently ill but if you start nibbling on the stem or the root you're a gonner.
So I thought this would make a nice last post of 2019.
Gloriosa grows in Africa and Asia and is also native to Sri Lanka. Families with children who find this plant in their gardens usually destroy it immediately.
Allegedly it's been used to commit suicide. Weird choice if you ask me because it's a slow and painful death.
Strangely enough, Zimbabwe (formerly known as Rhodesia) gave a a diamond brooch in the shape of this flower to the queen of England.