Gladiolus from Norma in South Carolina

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My husband saw this plant on the side of the road on our hunt club last week. He showed it to me today, but it had already bloomed out and the flowers were dying. He said the flowers were orange. They were on long stems staggered as one can see even with the blooms in this dying stage. The leaves were iris like, but this plant is not like any iris I have seen. The soil is very sandy as the hunt club was originally the site of sand pits that were dug out years ago and are now ponds. A pond is about 10 feet on the other side of this natural area which is a bank between the dirt road and a pond. I’d like to know what these plants are and if they are transplantable? Thanks

Hi Norma,

these are gladiolus plants, perhaps someone planted them long ago.  This is a rather primitive form, but I don’t know what to call it other than a Gladiolus. Most are called Gladiolus x gandovensis.They are easy to transplant, and are best transplanted in the fall when the leaves and flowers have died down, but you could probably plant them any time.


Steve Hill, Ph.D., Botanist, SCNPS

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