Gladiolus geardii L.Bolus (syn. Gladiolus robustus Goldblatt) is a late spring to summer bloomer (November to January) found on moist sandstone slopes in the southeastern Cape where it gets limited rainfall year round with a bit less in summer. Growing from 80 to 150 cm high, it is described as having sword shaped leaves and pink flowers with darker markings on the lower tepals in a 6 to 10 flowered spike. The dorsal tepal is inclined. In cultivation in a Mediterranean climate, it is not dormant long. The first photo was taken by Rachel Saunders near Port Elizabeth where some very tall plants were in flower December 2013. One had 7 branches and 14 open flowers. The next two photos were taken by Bob Rutemoeller and the last three by Mary Sue Ittner.