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These are not the easily obtainable hybrids—you can find those elsewhere. The beauty of our native
South African selections comes from the handsome sword-shaped leaves and spikes of unfussy, often
Belonging to the Iridaceae family, Gladioli have long been associated with strength of character, and we think its strongly upright, yet graceful presence can fashion an intriguing see-through veil for any border. Place them in a well drained site and, after the bloom is over, support strong corm
development by reducing water and trimming the stems to just beneath the lowest flowers. Provide winter
protection in colder areas.
You can almost feel the heat as floriferous spikes sizzle with colorful intensity while stiff, ribbed Crocosmia-like blades stand in composed relief. Three white patches daringly dash across the lower petals, illuminating vividly hued cardinal-red flowers.
Seeking out moist niches, sometimes under waterfalls in its indigenous Drakensberg Mountains, this vigorous temptress tolerates summer water, makes an excellent garden plant for warmer climates and can be grown in a favored patio container where winters are cold.
Size: 2-1/4' high x 10" wide; hardy to zone 8.
Gladiolus cardinalis (P-1316)
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