Gladiolus guthriei

Quick Characteristics:

Flower Colors: red, white, patterned
Climate: winter rain climate

Gladiolus guthriei F.Bolus is a winter-growing species that occurs on rocky sandstone outcrops in the Western Cape. It incorporates plants formerly known as Gladiolus odoratus L.Bolus. It blooms in fall to early winter; April to June in its native range. Plants that will bloom send up a flowering stalk with very short leaf stubs on it. Plants not blooming in that year produce a long leathery leaf. The flowers generally have a pale yellow or straw base color, liberally decorated with mauve or dark magenta streaks and freckles. The result looks fairly dull from a distance, but the flowers reward close examination. They have a sweet scent. First four photos taken in Napier and Villiersdorp in the Overberg by Cameron McMaster. The fourth and fifth photos are of the Gladiolus odoratus form, blooming in December in California by Michael Mace.

Gladiolus guthriei,Napier, Cameron McMasterGladiolus guthriei, Napier, Cameron McMasterGladiolus guthriei, Villiersdorp, Cameron McMasterGladiolus guthriei, Villiersdorp, Cameron McMasterGladiolus guthriei (formerly G. odoratus), Michael MaceGladiolus guthriei (odoratus) closeup, Michael Mace

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