Gladiolus species clockrise from top left: G. orchidiflorus, G. illyricus, G. liliaceus and G. alatus.
Although we principally think of gladioli as being those tall structural flowers used in sympathy arrangements, the genus Gladiolus contains close to 300 species and each one of them, in my opinion, is equally breathtaking.
G. orchidiflorus, G. liliaceus and G. alatus are all native to Southern Africa, which boasts an incredibly high number of unique Gladioli. G. illyricus is native to the Mediterranean. As you can imagine, they all like it dry!
I love gladioli.