Gladiolus tristis

Mary Sue Ittner
Fri, 16 Jul 2004 20:22:14 PDT
Dear All,

I've been enjoying a Gladiolus tristis that has been blooming recently. I 
grew it from IBSA seed collected near Paarl of a late blooming variety once 
known as Gladiolus tristis var. aestivalis. Even though it is late blooming 
and has more flowers Goldblatt and Manning didn't think it deserved 
varietal status. I am glad however that the donor of the seed kept the 
variety because that was a clue to me that it could be different than the 
ones I already grow that bloom in March and April. This one is more 
fragrant than the other one I grow (evening, night, and early morning that 
is.) The flowers also close slightly in the middle of the day. This species 
is often found in really wet habitats and I'd love to know more about the 
Paarl location as this is definitely a winter rainfall area and you'd 
expect it would be dry at this time of the year (Dec-Jan there). I had two 
batches of seed bloom for the first time this year from sowings a year 
apart. I suspect I didn't water them enough in the past, but this year 
since the plants were still green I kept watering them. The oldest one had 
more flowers.

Gladiolus tristis has a reputation for potentially being weedy, but it has 
never been that for me. I suspect its because my soil is so dry in summer 
that those little tiny cormlets in great numbers around the base of the 
bigger corm don't survive. I've added my pictures to the wiki.…

Gladiolus monticola is spiking (blooms before the leaves) so I have the 
last winter rainfall species finishing and the new season starting of 
another species very soon.

Mary Sue
Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers

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