Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Gladiolus byzantinus
Unlike the large flowered garden gladiolus that generally have to be staked for the summer and lifted and divided for the winter, this heirloom stalwart is a long lived sturdy perennial which stands on its own. Found in many Southern cottage gardens as well as abandoned homesites, its longevity is measured in centuries not years. All it needs is full sun, winter moisture, and summer drought.