Published in Bot. Repos. 1: 38 in 1798 as "var. flore rubro".
...a native of the Cape. About the year 1791, the bulbs of this plant were purchased of Messrs. Voorhelm, and Co. of Haarlem, in Holland, by Messrs. Lee and Kennedy, Hammersmith...
Synonym of Gladiolus watsonius Thunb.