Gladiolus query

Paul T.
Thu, 19 Apr 2012 05:42:32 PDT
At 07:35 AM 19/04/2012, you wrote:
>This Glad came to me from Lambley's as G. cruentus - with the proviso that
>he wasn't sure if this was it's correct name - can anyone tell me if this
>is likely to be correct.  It's a very reliable flowerer in Autumn here and
>has beautiful, quite large, blood red flowers, quite a stunner.  thanks


It looks a lot like it could be a Gladiolus 
dalenii variety or hybrid as well?  There are 
varieties of this species that flower at 
different times of the year depending on where 
they originated, so the time isn't a good pointer 
in this particular species.  I have autumn, 
spring and summer variants, but have no idea 
whether they are all species selections or 
whether the are hybrids.  My summer one is red, 
but the form I have coming into flower now is 
orange, and very stoloniferous (it now exists at 
least 3 metres from where it was originally 
planted, it's been expanding out each year.  I've 
not grown cruentus, so can't help you with comparisons.

Is that any help?


Paul T.
Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9
Min winter temp -8 or -9°C. Max summer temp 40°C. 
Thankfully, maybe once or twice a year only.

Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all 
over the world including Aroids, Crocus, 
Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Galanthus, 
Irises, Liliums, Trilliums (to name but a few) 
and just about anything else that doesn't move!! 

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