Gladiolus x colvillei 'Albus'

Gladiolus x colvillei ‘Albus’

In mid June, tall spikes of white flowers with a subtle lemon stripe down the middle of the petals and lavender anthers drift gently in the breeze. Each stem can hold 7 to 10 flowers.

Pollinator magnet for hummingbirds, butterflies.

Species Meaning: Bred by James Colville

Gladiolus x colvillei is native to South Africa.

Cultivation Notes

Grow in well-drained soil in full sun. Water well during the growing season.

Propagation Notes

By division of corms

Additional Information

There is confusion in the trade about this plant. A number of people label it as G x colvillei ‘Albus’, while others have it as G nanus ‘Albus’. Still others mix it up with ‘The Bride’, which does not have the lemon stripe. Here is what I have been able to find out. The Gladiolus x colvillei (some people misspell it colvilii) group first appeared in 1823. They were the result from crosses between Gladiolus cardinalis and Gladiolus tristis made by James Colville, a nurseryman of Chelsea. ‘Albus’ was bred in 1826. Later in 1871, the same cross was done and produced ‘The Bride’. Even later, further breeding with Gladiolus cardinalis and Gladiolus blandus produced the ‘Charm’ hybrids. These were crossed back to Gladiolus cardinalis and gave rise to the Nanus Group.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P22289

Found in Pots,

These were grown in pots and were incorrectly names as Glaxian.

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Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Gladiolus

Species: x colvillei

Variety: Albus

Height: <3ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Corm
Deciduous
Flowering
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Soil Type:
Well-drained
Season of Interest:
Spring
Dormancy:
Winter
Zone:
Zn8a - down to 10F
Benefits and Attracts:
Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Resistant to Deer.

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