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Gladiolus carinatus

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.

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blue Afrikaner
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August, September