Native to southern Africa, Gladiolus carmineus (Cliff Gladiolus) is a delicate-looking cormous perennial boasting clusters of 4-5 starry, brilliant rose-pink blooms on each flowering stem in the fall. Each of the lower petals are streaked with a white line down their center surrounded by a pale mauve halo. The ravishing blossoms emerge before the foliage of gray-green, narrow, arching leaves. Cliff Gladiolus is perfect for rock gardens or containers.
- Grows up to 12-20 in. tall (30-50 cm) and 8 in. wide (20 cm).
- Best flowering occurs in full sun in well-drained soils. Give plenty of water, every 7-10 day, during the growing season. Salt tolerant.
- This winter-growing gladiolus can be grown from corms as well as seeds.