More glads

As a follow-up to the post on Gladiolus ‘Eno Orange,’ here are a couple more hardy glads that are currently blooming in the garden.  Both are significantly smaller than ‘Eno Orange,’ topping out at about 3-4 ft tall.

Yellow primulinus-type Gladiolus.

yellow Gladiolus
Yellow Gladiolus dalenii (syn G. primulinus)

I got these corms from Nancy Goodwin of Montrose Garden last autumn, so this is the first time they have bloomed for me.  Nancy says that they were collected beside the railway tracks in Hillsborough, North Carolina.  They seem to be the species that was once called Gladiolus primulinus but is now considered a yellow form of G. dalenii.  To my eye, they appear identical to the plant that is sold by several nurseries as Gladiolus ‘Carolina Primrose.’

Gladiolus ‘Atom’

Gladiolus 'Atom'
Gladiolus ‘Atom’

This hybrid dates from 1946 but is still readily available from bulb vendors.  The color is very intense, but the simple form of the flowers seems to blend well in informal flowerbeds.  I grow it among asters and goldenrod that bloom later in the year, so it adds splashes of color to what would otherwise be an unbroken expanse of green.

3 thoughts on “More glads

  1. Until your last post and now this one, I hadn’t realised that there were varieties of glads that weren’t tall and blousy! These Primulinus types seen to be hidden away in the depths of some specialist nursery web sites. “Atom” is available from a nursery just “up the road” so I’ve ordered some corms for next year. I haven’t yet been able to get a straight answer about seeds of Eno. After an abortive phone call, I’ve tried an email. Corms are definitely a no-go without a phytosanitary certificate. Seeds may need to be in “branded retail packaging”. Or they may not. Life’s so complicated!


  2. Have you ever tried Silverhill Seeds in South Africa? They have an astonishing array of gladiolus species (search keyword “sow sp” to get summer growing species, “sow au” for winter growing). It’s been a while since I ordered from them, but they used to use agents who handled imports into various countries and then forwarded seeds once they cleared customs.


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