Horticulture 7: 165, February 8, 1908

Ruffled Gladioli
A. E. Kunderd

About a dozen years ago I began selections with a view to crossing in the hope of producing a frilled or ruffled gladiolus as beautifully formed as an azalea. I got the clue from observing in some gladioli a tendency to vary some from the regular smooth petals. After many matings and failures I was at last rewarded about five years ago by the desired results. The first flower to show was an ideal cream in color with tint of blush and a strikingly marked red feather on three lower petals. The flower is very massive, over  4 3/4 inches in diameter and an extra strong grower. From bottom of first blossom to tip of spike it measures 22 inches and over. The foliage is large. The variety shown in the illustration is white, somewhat smaller in size of flower than the cream colored sort above mentioned. There are several shades of pink and yellow, also purple, represented in the varieties now in process of development all beautifully ruffled and four generations of seedlings are rapidly coming on. Competent florists and seedsmen who have seen the plant in bloom pronounce it the most marvelous and striking gladiolus yet produced and the beginning of what will probably be the finest race of gladioli. There will probably be a few cut blooms shown at next year’s Society of American Florists’ Convention.





From Kunderd's 1922 catalog.

Ivory White

Kunderdi Glory
The Modern Gladiolus Grower, 4(10): 141 (Oct 1917)
Originated by A. E. Kunderd, Goshen, Ind. Color, snow white with beautiful red blotches on lower petals and still more intensely ruffled than Ivory. It is also taller than Ivory, otherwise somewhat similar. The photograph gives a good idea of the ruffling, but being of a shortened spike, it hardly does justice to the subject.
The Modern Gladiolus Grower, 1: 20 (Feb 1914)
This is the first of the ruffled sorts produced by A. E. Kunderd of Goshen, Ind. The type is distinctly new and is an original American production, and has created much interest, especially among the European Gladiolus trade. The plant has health and vigor in exceptional abundance. The massive spikes attain a height of 4 to 5 feet, and bear from 12 to 20 blooms. In opening the buds are a soft creamy pink, but as the blooms open the color changes to an ivory white suffused with pale lavender, which is deeper toward the edges. The lower petals are of a light buff tint with a pale crimson stripe through the center, the throat being penciled with buff and crimson. The flowers are of exceptional substance and durability. The distinguishing feature of this flower is the peculiar ruffling or fluting of the petals, resulting in the glorified effect which has given it its name.

Gardeners' Chronicle of America, 1917, p. 171.