Gladiolus liliaceus Houtt.

Large Brown Afrikaner

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Gladiolus

Category: Bulb

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.


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