Commonly known as the blue Afrikaner, is a perennial plant belonging to the genus Gladiolus and is part of the fynbos. The plant is native to the Western Cape.
The flower spike is erect and unbranched with usually 4-6 flowers; flowers are variable, blue to grey to violet. Lower tepals have a yellow band across that may be outlined above and/or below with reddish to purple streaks; fragrant. Anthers cream, pollen cream. Bracts green or greyish or purplish green with transparent margins.
Latin: carinatus = with a keel; referring to the raised midvein on the leaf blade.
This indigenous flower is usually found on sandstone slopes or well drained deep coastal sands.