Monday, May 25, 2009

Parrot Glads, or Natal lily

According to Floridata, Parrot Gladiolus or Natal Lily (G. dalenii) is a common gladiolus species in the southern U.S., often persisting in abandoned gardens or roadsides with no care at all. Its beautiful orange and yellow flowers are borne on 3 ft (1 m) spikes.

These have persisted at an old house site on the property for more than 50 years that I know of. Mowed or plowed, they now grow inside and outside of an old fence.

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