Gladiolus mortonius (was re: [pbs] Gladiolus ochroleucus var macowanii ID?)

Paul Tyerman
Wed, 09 Apr 2003 22:13:36 PDT
At 09:18  9/04/03 -0700, you wrote:
>Hi Paul:
>Your photographs look very much like the illustration in "Gladiolus in
>Southern Africa".  If it's a summer growing species, I think G. mortonius is


Yep, it shoots in spring and then flowers over summer.  It has actually
amazed me as to just how long it has flowered for.  I noticed today that
there is another spike coming up now, despite the fact that the first
flower on the first scape opened late in February (which was then followed
by more spikes merging, and the last of these flowers has died off in the
last week..... now another spike).

Thanks so much for checking the references for me.  The place I bought this
(a local nursery) had a lot of things mislabelled over the years but they
grew a lot from seed.  I have got some little gems from them (such as
Fritillaria purdyi, which I have not seen for sale in Aus other than then)
as well as some very mundane things that were labelled as something
interesting.  I think a succession of different people responsible for the
growing area lead to a lot of the problems.  It is good to know that this
one was correct, but even if it hadn't I would still have loved the plant
as it is really different to anything else that I have.

Thanks again for your efforts.


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
Cyrtanthus, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything
else that doesn't move!!!!!

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