chocolate scented - Gladiolus Nanus Hybrids

Roy M. Sachs
Thu, 06 Jul 2006 14:00:31 PDT
>I have discovered something about Gladiolus nanus.  One of my bulb
>books lists it as a species, but several more recent ones say this
>Gladiolus X colvillei (G. tristis X cardinalis) syn G. nanus hort.
>Nanus Hybrids  Various colours from white to crimson and mauve.
>Hardy in only the mildest gardens of southern and western England.
>So the scent must have come from tristis, but I have never smelled
>it.  Also, I have only the one Nanus, so I don't know whether others
>of them are scented.  I shall buy some more this fall when bulbs
>arrive in the garden centres.

If we're talking about Gladiolus nanus hybrids, similar to the 
hundreds that I bought way back in 1990 or so, in several colors, all 
relatively reduced in stature and floret size, then I would have to 
caution members about their propensity to acquire a virus disease 
(probably one of the mosaics in the Davis area, probably from aphids 
or thrips)

In 3 years I lost all but a very and they looked as if they had maybe 
one more year of life.  Not even in the first year, when they were 
quite beautiful, were any of them scented


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