Gladiolus monticola

Quick Characteristics:

Flower Colors: orange, pink
Climate: winter rain climate

Gladiolus monticola is found on rocky sandstone slopes in the southwestern Cape. There are populations on Table Mountain. It has pink to apricot flowers with darker pink markings on the lower tepals and blooms summer into fall before the single leaf is produced. The first two photos by Bob Rutemoeller. This first photo shows it as the only bulb blooming in one of our raised beds that only has bulbs from winter rainfall areas, blooming in July 2003 in the northern hemisphere. The leaf in the picture is of another Gladiolus that bloomed a month earlier. In the second photo we put cardboard behind the flowers to get the close-up that shows the details better. The third photo was taken years later by Mary Sue Ittner. The last photo from Rachel Saunders was taken on Table Mountain February 2011.

Gladiolus monticola, Bob RutemoellerGladiolus monticola, Bob RutemoellerGladiolus monticola, Mary Sue IttnerGladiolus monticola, Table Mountain, Rachel Saunders

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