This is a small Gladiolus, and the plant grows to a little over ½M, with a more lax form than many Gladioli. Spikes of brilliant white flowers with exquisite carmine markings rise above sword shaped leaves in spring.
G. nanus was the only small Gladiolus name that I was aware of before I was given these bulbs by a friend. They have opened my eyes to a whole new world of Gladiolus species and their hybrids, separate from the tall flashy flowers we see in the florist’s. It turns out that G. nanus is not a species, but rather a generic terms for all small Gladiolus varieties.
Click here to view the Gladiolus x Colvillei “Blushing Bride” page in Karin’s Garden.