Gladiolus ‘Isabella’

Camden Park hybrid.  (Gladiolus carneus x G. colvilli) x Gladiolus x colvilli hybridBidwill described it to Edward Macarthur Bowman: ‘The only other one we named is a very singular Blandus-colvilli, tall and strong its flowers will [word indistinct, probably look] almost exactly like Blandus (most of this cross are dark) except that it has a bright red spot in the lower petals.  This we have called Isabella.  There are a great many others but they are not sufficiently distinct to name.’  [MP A4297 p.23].

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


History at Camden Park

Named for Isabella Bowman who reportedly did not think much of the flower.  Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.147/1845].  Macarthur sent seeds of this cross [Colvilli-blandus x Colvilli] to William Herbert in December 1844.  [MP A2948-3].


Published Oct 20, 2009 - 04:55 PM | Last updated Aug 17, 2011 - 03:30 PM

More details about Gladiolus ‘Isabella’
Family Iridaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Camden Park

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Gladiolus Isabella 

Confidence level high