So when I was mulling over the logo for Mona Delano, I was searching for something that embodied the “tomboy chic” style of the brand. I don’t know what made me think of it, but I decided a poisonous flower would be the perfect representation, and did some research. There are a lot of poisonous flowers out there. A few looked intriguing, but the flame lily stood out. The rough exterior (the flame and poisonous properties) and the vulnerability of a flower embody the persona of Mona Delano.
The flame lily (Gloriosa superba) is the national flower of Zimbabwe, where it is protected from illegal harvesting under the Parks and Wildlife Act. The generic name Gloriosa means ‘full of glory’ and the name superba means ‘superb’, referring to the striking red and yellow colors of the plant. It is a tuberous herb widespread in tropical and southern Africa as well as tropical Asia. All parts of the plant are extremely poisonous and consumption of the flame lily has caused accidental deaths. It has also been used to commit murder, suicide, induce abortions, and poison dogs. African porcupines and some moles are believed to be able to consume the roots with no harmful effects.
The flame lily is usually cultivated for decoration but is also used for medicinal purposes, particularly within traditional medicine practiced in tropical Africa and Asia. It contains the alkaloid colchicine, which has been used to treat acute gout, intestinal worms, infertility, and other skin problems. The flower has also been used as an antidote for snake bites and as a laxative, and has proven useful in the treatment of chronic ulcers, arthritis, cholera, colic, kidney problems, and typhus.
The flame lily is a unique, versatile flower with many “layers”, from its beauty to its capability as poison or a healing remedy. Mona Delano is for that woman, or girl, who has all the qualities of the flame lily. I hope you all will follow us on this journey as we continue to develop our style and grow. Please follow us on all of our social media pages and join our email list for regular updates.
Note: The information in this post is for educational purposes only. Please consult a doctor before using any plant for medicinal purposes.