Gladiolus virgatus

Quick Characteristics:

Height: 30-60 cm (1-2 ft)
Flower Colors: pink
Flower Season: mid spring
Life form: corm
Climate: winter rain climate

Gladiolus virgatus Goldblatt & Manning is restricted to cool, well watered slopes of the coastal ranges of the southwestern Cape. Poorly collected, it has been found in clay soil on ground covered with scattered sandstone boulders. Growing from 30 to 60 cm high, it has linear leaves with slightly thickened margins and midribs. The pale to deep pink or nearly white large unscented flowers are marked on the lower tepals with a spear shaped whitish median streak edged with a reddish v shaped mark, speckled in the throat and are in a two to four flowered inclined spike. The dorsal tepal is inclined over the stamens. This species flowers September-November. The first two photos from Rachel Saunders taken in the Helderberg Nature Reserve. The next three photos from iNaturalist taken by linkie in the same place in November and shared under a CC BY-NC license.

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