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Gladiolus permeabilis edulis - (Bercht)Oberm.

Common Name
Family Iridaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Shale slopes and stony ground[42, 282].
Range S. Africa - Cape Province.
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Weed Potential No
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Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Gladiolus permeabilis edulis


Gladiolus permeabilis edulis

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Gladiolus permeabilis edulis is a CORM growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 9. It is in flower from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

G. edulis.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Corm - cooked[46, 61]. The roasted bulb tastes like chestnuts[2].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a sunny sheltered position in a light sandy neutral to slightly acid soil[1, 200]. Requires a stony gritty loam. This plant is sometimes considered to be a distinct species, G. edulis. It is said to inhibit the growth of legumes[54].

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Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse at 15°c[200]. It usually germinates freely[1]. The seed can also be sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a warm greenhouse[200]. Sow the seed thinly so that the seedlings can be grown on in the pot without disturbance for their first year, giving them an occasional liquid feed to ensure they do not become nutrient deficient. Pot up the small bulbs when they are dormant in the autumn, placing about 2 - 3 bulbs in each pot. Grow them on for another year or two in the greenhouse and then plant them out in late spring. Division. Dig up the corms in October, dry them in well ventilated conditions at about 20°c and then store them in a cool but frost-free place over the winter, planting them out about 10cm deep in April[1, 200]. Cormlets harvested when digging up the corms in the autumn can be stored in a similar manner to the corms[200]. Larger cormlets can be planted out in spring, smaller ones may be best grown on for a year in the greenhouse.

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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