Gladiolus (large-flowered)

("Sword lily / Glads")

Gladiolus (large-flowered)

These tall aristocratic beauties have been hybridized to produce healthier and bigger flowers and are now available in almost any modern color imagineable. Extremely popular with florists these classic cutflowers (pick them when the bottom flower is fully open) are very easy to grow. They will add color, height and stature to the back of your borders. The blooms vary in size, depending on the variety, from 2-8" / 5-20 cm across when fully open.

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?

6 in / 15 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

36-60 in / 90-150 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

'Fidelio' (lavender-pink), 'Green Star' (lime green), 'Nova Lux' (yellow), 'Oscar' (maroon), 'Peter Pears' (salmon), 'Plum Tart' (purple), 'Priscilla' (cream, pink edge), 'Traderhorn' (red, white blotch) and 'White Prosperity' (white).

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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