Gladiolus (low growing)

("Sword lily / Dwarf glads")

Gladiolus (low growing)

Slender and upright low growing glads (no staking required) that deserve a prime spot in a casual border or mixed perennial garden .The flowers grow on loose spikes and are usually 2" / 5 cm in diameter. The foliage is narrow and sword-shaped. They are hardier, bloom earlier and have a softer, less formal look than the (standard) large-flowered gladiolus.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Very 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'

How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

4 in / 10 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

4 in / 10 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

16-32 in / 40-80 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

'c.'Albus' (white), n.'Amanda Mahy' (red), p.'Atom' (red, white edge), c.'Bride' (white), n.'Carine' (cream, purple lip), t.'Charm' (purple), t.'Charming Beauty' (pink), t.'Charming Lady' (lilac), n.'Elvira' (pink, red lip), n.'Halley' (cream, red lip), n.'Impressive' (pink, red lip), p.'Mirella' (red), n.'Nathalie' (pink, red-yellow lip), n.'Nymph' (white, red lip), n.'Prince Claus' (white, red lip) and r.'Robinetta' (dark 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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