Fauna & Flora
Gladioli are popular garden plants that have been cultivated in Europe for more than 250 years and are renowned for their striking, colourful flowers. Interestingly, these common European garden plants were cultivated from hybrids of wild gladioli native to South Africa.
Gladiolus oppositiflorus, or the Transkei gladiolus, with its large, showy flowers is an important species in the breeding history of a number of Gladiolus hybrids...
See http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantefg/gladoppos.htm for more information.