This member of the Colchicaceae family was given this name by
James O'Brien in 1903. It is found
in subtropical Africa and southern Asia, growing in a well drained
but rather rich soil with
quite some water and some to lots of sun. The rhizomes can grow to
centimetres in diameter and twelve long, the entire plant climb to
120 centimetres in
flowers are red and yellow.
This lovely flower is the
national flower of Zimbabwe and was used as a symbol of the Tamil
Tigers in Sri Lanka
The species is named after
Baron Z.W. Rothschild, who brought it back to England in 1901.