Gladiolus papilio

Quick Characteristics:

Flower Colors: white, purple
Climate: summer rain climate

Gladiolus papilio (syn. G. purpureo-auratus, G. brachyscyphus, G. spathulatus, G. schlechteri) is called the Butterfly Gladiolus, and grows in marshy ground, up to 2400 m, from the Eastern Cape to Limpopo Province. Claimed to be a hardy garden plant, grown in the UK since 1866. The first two photos were taken by Roy Herold in KwaZulu-Natal Province, near Kamberg in the foothills of the Drakensberg, in early December 2006. The third was taken by Rod Saunders. The fourth, an unusual color form was taken by Rachel Saunders in the mountains above Tzaneen, early January 2015. The last two taken in the Eastern Cape by Cameron McMaster.

Gladiolus papilio, Roy HeroldGladiolus papilio, Roy HeroldGladiolus papilio, Rod SaundersGldiolus papilio, Limpopo, Rachel SaundersGladiolus papilio, Cameron McMasterGladiolus papilio, Cameron McMaster

The first photo from John Grimshaw is of a form he labels in the "purpureoauratus" group. The second and third photos were taken by Bob Rutemoeller in the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

Gladiolus papilio, John GrimshawGladiolus papilio, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Bob RutemoellerGladiolus papilio, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Bob Rutemoeller

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