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Gladiolus watsonioides

Archive entry 31.10.21

31st October 2021

Given to me as a pot of seedlings several years ago, this is the first time that it has flowered here. It was moved out of the Nerine house in spring and I think it is appreciating the extra water it gets among the alpines.
In its natural habitat it grows as an alpine on the mountains of Northern Tanzania and Kenya. It seems to be almost evergreen if it is moist. For a long time I grew it in the Nerine house with a long dry season through the summer and it did not prosper.