|Flower Colors:||yellow, purple, blue|
|Climate:||winter rain climate|
Gladiolus carinatus is found on sandstone slopes or deep coastal sands in many areas of the Cape. It flowers late winter to spring and can be blue to violet or yellow, rarely pink, often with yellow markings on the lower tepals. The first photo was taken September 2001 in the southwest Cape and the second shows the flower of a plant grown from seed and blooming March 2004. The first two photos were taken by Mary Sue Ittner and the second two by Bob Werra.
The first photo below is a habitat shot taken in the western Cape near Hopefield. The yellow form in the second photo is from a plant raised from seed by Rhoda McMaster. Both photographed by Cameron McMaster. The third photo is from Rod Saunders. The last three photos from Alan Horstmann show different forms.