gladioli

Gladiolus | Also known as: Sword lily | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Gladiolus or as it's sometimes called, Sword lily because gladius is Latin for sword (which is also the basis for the word gladiator of course). It's a tall and exotic looking flowering plant that will make a real impact in the garden, even at the back of your borders. The showy funnel shaped flowers grow out of the tall stalk and can be many different colours. They make an impressive cut flower. They prefer light soil with good drainage and lots of sunshine. Spider mites, aphids and gladiolus corm rot can all be issues with this plant.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.08 - 2
Spread [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Erect
  • Narrowly columnar
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-11
Heat zone
  • H10-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 180
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Bulbs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Cut flowers
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years