Zones: 9 to 11
Size: To 18" tall and 12" wide
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Flowers brown to russet or beige in the daytime to protect themselves from predators, turning mauve in the evenings and becoming fragrant to attract pollinating moths. Blooms in spring.
From Bot. Repos. (Gladiolus versicolor)
This is the only flower, we have ever noticed, to regain the colour that has once forsook it. A drawing was began about ten o'clock in the morning...
Published in Handl. Pl.-Kruidk. 12: 55 in 1782.
Native to South Africa.
Synonym Gladiolus versicolor Andrews.