1957L.G. GreenBeyond City Lights 11Among the prized growths of these mountains is the rare and lovely nuwejaarsblom (Gladiolus cardinalis), which Dorothea Fairbridge called ‘Maid of the Mist’ and others have named ‘New Year Lily’ or ‘Waterfall Gladiolus’. The bright scarlet flowers appear in midsummer, as the Afrikaans name suggests, and the petals quiver on long stems.
1974Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to GardeningII. 395G. cardinalis, (Waterfall gladiolus, nuwejaarsblom). S. Africa. Height 24 in. This species is the parent of many hybrids and bears arching stems of 3 in, flat, crimson flowers in mid-summer.
1979Weekend Post 17 Nov. (Family) 2The rare and beautiful red disa orchid and Nuwejaarsblom can be seen here in summer.
1992S. Johnson inAfr. WildlifeVol.46No.4, 178Few flowers can compete with the beauty of..the nuwejaarsblom (Gladiolus cardinalus).
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