This Gladiolus belongs to the group that have hooded, orchid-like flowers. It is a dwarf species with narrow leaves to about 6″ tall and quite large sweetly scented yellowish-green to rose orchid like flowers with darker veins.
Pronunciation: GLAD-ee-oh-lus veer-ES-enz
Species Meaning: Becoming green
Gladiolus virescens is native to South Africa.
It grows on sandstone or clay slopes in a broad area flowering in late winter to spring. It originates from the winter rainfall areas of the Cape Province in South Africa. There is dissagreement about its hardiness, with several places saying no frost, one wanting it kept above 5C and at the other end of the scales saying zone 8. Our plant was subjected to a frost two weeks before it bloomed, but otherwise has been frost free.
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Plant ID: P20202