The name Gladiolus comes from the Latin root for small sword, which refers to their long, thin sword-shaped leaves.
Also known as a (Marsh) Painted Lady Gladioli, although originally a South African native this gladioli is very common in the suburbs and parks of Perth in W. Australia. (And grows very nicely in well-drained sandy soils!)
I’m fortunate enough to have several patches of these stunning blooms in my garden that come back year after year with no effort at all on my part. 🙂
They grow in clumps of up to 40 or so stems with 7-10 flowers on each stem. These beauties are around 4cm across (1 3/4 inch).