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Gladiolus cardinalis x (x gandavensis) [#1]

Gladiolus cardinalis x Gladiolus x gandavensis hybrid no.1 in Macarthur’s notebook no.4 in an entry dated 1847.  ‘Cardinali inflatus x by Gandavensis No.1 (only).  Moderately robust scape a little branching, large well shaped flowers, bright deep rose pink or crimson with a little yellow [word indistinct] [word indistinct] purple on lower lobes and purple [word indistinct] – Corolla rather too uniform but a pretty good variety.  The first [word indistinct] of the batch handsome.’  [MP A2948-4].

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


History at Camden Park

Not listed in any catalogues.


A hybrid styled Gladiolus cardinalis x Gladiolus x gandavensis No.1 was also described in notebook no.5 in 1847.  Small [word indistinct] scape, smallish flowers, crimson with brownish purple stain on lower petals.  Middling [word indistinct].  [MP A2948-5].

Not listed in any catalogue, this is possibly the same plant described in notebook no.4 under this number.

Published Oct 22, 2009 - 02:47 PM | Last updated Aug 17, 2011 - 02:39 PM

Family Iridaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Camden Park

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Gladiolus cardinalis x Gladiolus x gandavensis No.1 

Confidence level high