Flower of the week: Gladiolus

by Natasha Starkell | 04.09.2013 | flower , gladiolus | 0 comments | Rating: 0 votes

Flower of the week: Gladiolus

Flower of the week: Gladiolus

The word gladiolus comes from the Latin word gladius meaning sword, due to it's tall sword like spike of flowers.

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The word gladiolus comes from the Latin word gladius meaning sword, due to it's tall sword like spike of flowers.

There are around 260 species of gladiolus, and all but ten are native to Africa. The other ten hail from Europe and Asia. They're a stunning plant, with tall spikes full of brightly coloured blooms. There are plenty of different coloured varieties, from reds, pinks and oranges through to yellow, cream and white. There are several varieties with multicoloured petals too. Being so attractive, they're a common garden flower. They look at home in a cottage garden, but will also hold their own in a more formal setting. Gladioli are traditionally given as a 40th wedding anniversary gift. Perhaps a good alternative for those who can't afford rubies!


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