Tropical African Gladiolus

Jacob Knecht
Fri, 09 Mar 2007 17:59:26 PST
I am so glad Diane brought up the subject of tropical
African Gladiolus.  I would really like to grow some
of these here in Honolulu.

I have Gladiolus in Tropical Africa by Peter Goldblatt
and from the colour pictures I can say I am most
bewitched by:

Gladiolus serapiiflorus
Gladiolus dalenii subsp. dalenii 
Gladiolus velutinus
Gladilous magnificus
Gladiolus benguellensis
Gladiolus melleri
Gladiolus abyssinicus
Gladiolus decorus

If anyone is growing them or knows where to acquire
them, I would love to hear their experiences.


Jacob Knecht
Honolulu, Hawai`i

--- Diane Whitehead <> wrote:

> Bailey's Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, which
> was reprinted  
> many times, but seems to have been last changed in
> 1922, says this  
> about Acidanthera (written by N. Taylor)  (I have
> not copied the  
> descriptions.)
> bicolor:  May be grown in a tub outdoors during
> summer and flowered  
> within during Oct. Corms should be dried as soon as
> lifted, to  
> prevent rot.
> aequinoctialis Baker:  Sierra Leone   May be a
> stronger-growing and  
> more tropical form of the above. Requires warmhouse
> culture
> candida Rendle:  very sweet scented  [no cultural
> information given]
> The Cyclopedia, first published in 1900, listed only
> plants currently  
> in the trade in the U.S. and Canada, as "it would
> manifestly be  
> impossible ... to include all the plants
> botanic gardens or in  
> the grounds of specialists and amateurs who collect
> specimens from  
> original sources, or those introduced for...  
> experiment ..or..scientific study".
> An interesting note from the Preface to the Second
> Edition:
> "Many species have been disseminated in an
> experimental way, as by  
> the Office of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction of
> the United  
> States Department of Agriculture ...."
> Ah, those were the days!
> Diane Whitehead
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