I am always amazed to find such delicate flowers such as this Gladiolus vaginatus in full flower at the driest time of the year. The earth is powdery dry and we have barely had any rain for months. Gladiolus vaginatus is flowering at the moment in the Walker Bay region. In our part of the world it is restricted to limestone but also grows in clay-loam (renosterveld) and has a natural distribution from the Cape Peninsula to Knysna. In the latest Red List of South African plants it is classified as vulnerable on the basis that it has lost much of its habitat and has become severly fragmented as a result of crop cultivation, coastal development and alien invasive plants.