Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Plants of Remembrance – 3. Glory lily

Sad looking wreath of glory, or flame, lily (Gloriosa superba) placed on the ‘In Memoriam Rhodesia’ plot in the Westminster Abbey, London, Field of Remembrance.   Glory lily is the national flower of  Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia), but it is not certain when it was selected as such.  However, in April 1947 Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II), who was visiting Rhodesia with her parents, as presented with a brooch in the shape of a glory lily flower on her 21st birthday, suggesting that the plant was considered to be a symbol of the colony at that time.

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