Gladiolus Butterfly hybrids

("Sword lily / Butterfly glads")

Gladiolus Butterfly hybrids

This group of gladioli consists of small-flowered hybrids in dramatic hues, usually with contrasting patches of color on the lower petals. The overal appearance make the flowers look like butterflies. In general they do not grow as tall as the 'traditional' larged-flowered varieties.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Early Summer - Mid Fall (when planted in bi-weekly intervals)

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?


What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Full sun

What Color Will the Flower Be?

See 'popular varieties': available in colors of the rainbow

How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

5 in / 13 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

5 in / 13 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

32-40 in / 80-100 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

In borders and as cutflowers.

Other Popular Varieties

Avalanche' (white), 'Camborne' (soft pink & carmine), 'Mykonos' (yellow & red) and 'Pamela' (coral-pink & yellow/red).

About the Family

Gladiolus Family

Primarily from South Africa but some gladiolus were native to the Canary Islands, England and Turkey as well. The name Gladiolus comes from the Latin word 'gladius', meaning sword and refers to the plant's sword-shaped leaves. The word 'gladiator' is from the same root word.

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