Gladiolus Imbricatus – (Turkish Marsh Gladiolus)
This is one of the rarest and at the same time hardiest of the gladiolus species.
This is probably the most hardy of all gladioli and is native to South eastern Europe and Turkey. It has been claimed to survive to minus 40 degrees c. It is also one of the rarest of all gladioli.
It grows in wet meadows and marshes and flowers in summer. It has a dense spike of 4 to 12 large rich coloured flowers, usually in shades of deep purple to carmine, attractively marked on the lower petals. Its lowest leaf is round or blunt, not sharp which is a distinguishing characteristic.
This is certainly the best and most valuable of the Mediterranean species.
Note: 15 seeds in packet
Sow seeds at any time covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep, keeping the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination so be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.
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Turkish Marsh Gladiolus
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