This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This beautiful species was introduced from Cape Colony some few years ago in the Kew Gardens, where it flowered, and was figured; and the following are a few extracts taken from the Botanical Magazine: - "The Cape Colony abounds in species of Gladiolus, amongst which that now figured appears the most beautiful, though not the most gorgeous, that has hitherto been made known. Nothing can well exceed the delicacy of the pale purple of the upper petals or the vividness of the deep purple and golden yellow markings of the lower ones." We received this from one of our correspondents at the Cape. - B. S. Williams.