from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several ornamental African plants of the genus Acidanthera, having fibrous corms, swordlike leaves, and large, fragrant flowers with straight tubes. Also called peacock orchid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the gladioli previously placed in the genus Acidanthera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of about 20 African and Australian plants of the family Iridace├Ž, intennediate between Gladiolus and Ixia.


New Latin : Greek akis, akid-, needle; see ak- in Indo-European roots + New Latin anthera; see anther.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name. (Wiktionary)


  • You can also plant summer bulbs such as onions, potatoes, lilies, liatris, acidanthera, gladiolus and montbretia.

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  • - Begin planting summer bulbs such as caladiums, gladiolus and acidanthera at two-week intervals.


  • Flowers such as, Cosmos 'Purity' and dill flowers for decor, table centres of potted acidanthera, and a bouquet of roses, alchemilla and sweet peas.

    Thrifty Mommy


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