Gladiolus ID wanted
Mon, 22 Feb 2010 14:24:18 PST
It is Gladiolus watsonoides, which I remember well from some material a prof brought back from a trip to Kenya and gave to me back when I was doing my thesis work (on pelargonium species tissue culture) at Cornell. I grew it there and at NYBG for many years, it never really goes dormant in the sense that it does not like to go bone dry for long periods of time.  It makes scads of cormlets and is self fertile.  In a cool greenhouse it tended to flower in summer.  A very pretty plant and not terribly difficult to grow.
Ernie DeMarie
Tuckahoe NY 6/7 where the first crocus flower appeared in my school garden in Chappaqua near a wall.  

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From: Mark McDonough <>
Sent: Mon, Feb 22, 2010 4:58 pm
Subject: [pbs] Gladiolus ID wanted

On the recently initiated North American Rock Garden Society Forum (an online 
ommunity... try it, it's great!), a Norwegian member took a couple photos of a 
ladiolus species he found growing in almost pure volcanic rock a few places on 
t Kenya, and is hoping to get an identification.  I can think of no better 
lace than here to find Gladiolus specialists.  Here are two links.…
Thank you,
Mark McDonough
assachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border, USDA Zone 5
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