Gladiolus cultivar group help needed

J.E. Shields
Mon, 17 Aug 2009 08:47:08 PDT
I've noticed that a pot of Gladiolus "primulinus" I have looks fairly 
similar to the G. x-gandavensis I have growing out in the garden.  Note 
that the gandavensis are hardy outdoors in the ground here in central 
Indiana (USDA cold zone 5).  I have not had the courage to test my 
primulinus outdoors in the ground.  Jim McK., are yours outdoors in the 
ground year-round?

I have a couple surviving G. oppositiflorus saundersii that have survived 
many years (i.e., 5 to 10) outdoors in the ground all year round in my garden.

Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

At 10:50 AM 8/17/2009 -0400, you wrote:
>I'm growing a beautiful hybrid glad called 'Halley" or 'Nanus Halley'. Other
>than being a glad, it has little in common with the other "nanus" hybrids I
>What it suggests to me is what in the old days were known as "primulinus
>hybrids", a group characterized by soft pastel colors including pale yellows
>and oranges. This group had another characteristic: the uppermost tepal
>tended to droop down a bit, as if to protect the stamens and stigma from
>rain. My 'Halley' also shows this characteristic. And it's like the old
>primulinus hybrids in another respect: the tall (thirty inch) scapes are
>gracefully flexuous and have widely spaced individual flowers.
>Jim McKenney

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