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Mid-winter flowers


The bulbs I have that grow during the winter are beginning to flower. There is the Melasphaerula ramose. Only one species in this genus. It has lowing growing leaves which are typical of the Iridaceae family, which it is a part of. The flowering stems are tall – about 2’ with lots of small yellow flowers that age to white.

Then there is a Gladiolus, G. huttonii. The species gladiolus are much smaller than the hybrids.

It is in a mixed pot with Moraea tripetala:

The Moraea tripetala is a very skinny flower near the center:

So it needs to be viewed from the side, as well:

Also opening is the Moraea aristate. The darker flowers tend to open before the ones with a white petal and eye. The stems in the background give an indication that this will be flowering for a long time.

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Those are lovely. I think I prefer the species gladiolus to the hybrids .Putting them with the Moraea is an inspiration!

27 Feb, 2019


Excellent photos of these unusual flowers.

27 Feb, 2019


The species Gladiolus are better performers than the hybrids. We have been having a lot of strong winds lately, and they have done very well without needing to be staked; something you could never get away with if they were those tall hybrids.

28 Feb, 2019


very pretty blooms wylie, I prefer the species gladioli too.

28 Feb, 2019


Thanks. The species add a nice variety to the usual bulbs flowering at this time of year.

6 Mar, 2019

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