Gladiolus carinatus Aiton

Gaping Ash-coloured sweet Gladiolus (Bot. Repos.)

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Gladiolus

Category: Bulb

Zones: 7 to 10?

Size: 10 to 18" tall


Blue to violet or yellow, sometimes pink. Yellow markings.

From Bot Repos. (Gladiolus ringens) ...about mid-day has the flavour of violets so powerfully, that a single plant is sufficient to scent a whole greenhouse. It is with difficulty preserved from rotting at the root; therefore would be grown in very sandy peat, and should be exposed to dry as soon as the flower is gone. Is propagated by the root, or by seed, which may be procured by great care not to over-water the bulb after flowering; but herein there is great danger.


Published in [pub://Hort Hortus Kew. 1: 64 in 1789.

Synonym Gladiolus ringens Andrews.

Native to South Africa.


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