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A taxonomic genus within the tribe Ixieae — the gladioli..
Middle English gladiol from Latin gladiolus wild iris diminutive of gladius sword gladiator
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin gladiolus (“little sword, sword lily”), diminutive of gladius (“sword”).
Those who desire their gardens to be beautiful late in the autumn should not fail to employ the Gladiolus largely.
Africa. Every species introduced is of value, is easily grown, and is suitable for many garden uses, but the charm of the Gladiolus is derived from the beautiful hybrid varieties.
The members of this order are generally perennial herbs growing from a corm as in Crocus and Gladiolus, or a rhizome as in Iris; more rarely, as in the Spanish iris, from a bulb.
Kaffir Lily (Schizostylis) - S. coccinea is a handsome bulbous plant from Kaffraria, with the habit of a Gladiolus, from 2 to 3 feet high.
Try any of the species gladiolus they are beautiful and delicate and really quite different from the loud and sometimes brash cultivated varieties.
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