Tropical African Gladiolus

Jim McKenney
Fri, 09 Mar 2007 06:33:17 PST
Tony Avent asked: "G. murielae is marginal here and we will loose it in a
cold (below 10 
degrees F) winter.  Do you have any idea where in the range the material 
in the trade came from?  Low or high elevations?  I've often wondered if 
there couldn't be material found with better winter hardiness."


I don't know the answers to Tony's questions, but they remind me of
something I read recently. Somewhere recently I read that what we now call
Galdiolus murielae was introduced by a major bulb company in 1928. 


That does not sit well with me, although part of the answer may have to do
with just what you consider G. murielae to be.


Already in the nineteenth century the plant then known as Acidanthera
bicolor was in cultivation, and for most of my life the commercial material
has been called Acidanthera bicolor murielae. 


There is another sort of evidence that there have been multiple
introductions. Most older books, in discussing these plants, mention that
they are very late blooming. Is that because writers were simply repeating
the experience reported by growers in comparatively cooler northwestern
Europe? Or is it because so many of the early American books were based on
experience on New England, where the summers are shorter?  


I've often wondered if the introduction and eventual popularity of stocks
under the name murielae was occasioned by an earlier bloom time. 


Jim McKenney

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