|Flower Season:||early summer to mid summer|
|Climate:||summer rain climate|
Gladiolus symonsii F.Bolus is a montane species growing at 1900 to 3200 m on grassy slopes and cliffs in the Drakensberg range of KwaZulu-Natal and eastern Lesotho. Plants are 25-45 cm high and flower in early to midsummer, December and January. Flowers are bright pink to pale rose, whitish in the throat and relatively small with a short tube. Stems are unbranched and the spikes bear only two to four flowers. There are three leaves with the lowermost longest, sheathing the lower third of the stem. This species has rarely been collected and three plants were discovered by the photographers Rod Saunders and Rachel Saunders in an area that had burned on a dark day with a storm coming making it difficult to get good photographs.