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Gladiolus cardinalis 'Pink Form'

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19th June 2008

Ah, the incomparable diversity of life in all its complex and incorrectly named fecundity!
I dearly love Gladiolus cardinalis and it would have been quite impossible for me to turn down the offer of a pink form! There aren't many people growing Gladiolus species, and most of them, like myself, are feeling their way cautiously through the taxonomy. I think this is a piece of taxonomic hogwash born out of limited experience.
As far as I can see, this is just a form of Gladiolus nanus. Failure to recognise a form of Gladiolus cardinalis is perfectly understandable. Failure to recognise Gladiolus nanus is rather unfortunate!

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