Gladiolus

Gladiolus 'Carolina Primrose'

Photo/Illustration: 
Scott Kunst
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Gladiolus (Gladiolus 'Carolina Primrose')
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Genus:  Gladiolus

This 3-foot-tall, small-flowered perennial glad was originally collected from an abandoned home site in North Carolina. Pure yellow with a wildflowery grace, it seems to be a form of a wild South African glad introduced about 1900 as Gladiolus primulinus .

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

May be hardier than some other glads. Slightly looser, more casual habit.

Care: 

Full sun to part shade in fertile, well-drained soil. Treat as annuals, or dig up and store 6 weeks after bloom (dip in fungicide and allow to dry for a few weeks).

Propagation: 

Sow seed at 59°F in spring. Separate cormlets when dormant.

Problems: 

Prone to gladiolus corm rot (Fusarium), gray mold (Botrytis), viruses, aster yellows, spider mites, thrips, and aphids.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

Gladiolus 'Carolina Primrose'