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Plant ID please

Posted by alabamatreehugger 8a/8b south Alabama (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 18, 11 at 16:57

What is this called? I assume it has a bulb since it looks similar to gladiolus. Apparently this is something my great grandmother planted back in the 50's, but this is the first time I have noticed it since clearing some heavy brush.


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RE: Plant ID please

How pretty and nice you have something that has been in the family for quite a while.

I think they are Byzantine Gladioli.


Here is a link that might be useful: images for Byzantine Glads

RE: Plant ID please

Those are species glads, gladioli byzantium. I tried them, they bloomed once and then petered out. You are very lucky to have such a beautiful flower happily established in your gardens, especially with the family history attached to it.

RE: Plant ID please

Any idea when would be best time to divide them? I do like them, and would like to have more of them.

That area used to be my great-grandparents front yard/garden, but their old house was moved out in the late 60's. Brush and oaks had taken over, but I cleared much of that out and now I'm finding her old plants still thriving after all those years.

RE: Plant ID please

I'll hope that someone more experienced will chime in but in the meantime I guess I'll put in my 2 cents....

If they go dormant during the summer I would say transplant as the foliage is yellowing.... if they stay green all summer (like regular glads) I would say wait until fall. But that said, they are probably a hard to kill bulb, so even moving them in early spring when the sprouts are just coming up would probably work just fine.

Try a couple, see how they do, and then tackle the rest if it goes well!

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