Gladiolus watsonius Thunb.

Red early-flowering Gladiolus

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Gladiolus

Category: Bulb


Erect spikes of orange to red flowers.

From Bot. Repos. (Gladiolus praecox) Of all the species of this numerous Genus, this is the first to expand its blossoms, seldom flowering later than April; is extremely hardy, scarce requiring the warmth of a greenhouse for its protection, although a native of the Cape.


Published in Gladiolus (Thunberg) 14 in 1784.

Synonym Gladiolus praecox Andrews.

Native to South Africa.


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