Gladiolus alatus L.

Wing-flowered Gladiolus

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Gladiolus

Category: Bulb

Exposure: Sun


Orange and green marked flowers, fragrant, in spring. Linear foliage. Cannot take wet soils, needs dry summer soil.

From Bot. Repos. It is of an extreme delicate nature, and overmuch wet easily destroys it; differing from most Cape bulbs, in requiring a light loamy earth, and the assistance of a dry stove, to make it flower well; which it will do by such aid, about May, or June; seldom producing seeds, and propagating but slowly by the root.


Published in Pl. Rar. Afr. 8 in 1760.

Native to South Africa.

Also published in Bot. Repos. 1: 8 in 1798: This species of Gladiolus, although so scarce with us, is certainly one of the most common found near Cape Town...


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