This is a winter growing Gladiolus that hails from the southern Western Cape of South Africa. It has intense red flowers, with between three and six flowers per stem. The petals have a white stripe, and some are surrounded by a purple halo, but not all of them. After blooming, short leaves appear.
Pronunciation: GLAD-ee-oh-lus kar-MIN-ee-us
Species Meaning: Carmine (red-colored)
Gladiolus carmineus is native to South Africa.
Grow this species in rocky, well-drained areas with an acid, sandy growing medium. Give plenty of water, every seventh to tenth day, during the growing season (winter). The dormant corms can be stored but must be kept completely dry during the rest period. They are supposedly not long lived in cultivation and are difficult to get to bloom, but do best in coastal climates.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20027
Found in Pots,
Waiting to find its forever home in the garden.
We acquired this plant from Telos Rare Bulbs.