Gladiolus debilis grows on rocky sandstone slopes in the southwest Cape. It is a winter growing gladiolus that blooms in spring, usually with white to pale pink flowers with red markings on the lower petals. My is a pale cream with a deeper yellow down the center of the lower petal. The markings are quite different as well, being more on the tips of the petals and pixelated rather than solid red splotches. This makes me wonder if this is something different and if anyone sees this and recognizes it, please let me know.
Species Meaning: debilis means dainty, referring to the delicate flowers
Gladiolus debilis is native to South Africa.
Wants dry over summer.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20028
We acquired this plant from Telos Rare Bulbs.