Gladiolus

Gladiolus 'Fidelio'

Photo/Illustration: 
Scott Kunst
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Gladiolus (Gladiolus 'Fidelio')
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Genus:  Gladiolus
This 3- to 4-foot-tall glad has luminous deep purplish-rose flowers. It dates from 1959 and is called 'Fidelio' after Beethoven's joyous opera.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Soft-lavender blossoms.
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:  Gladiolus corm rot (Fusarium), gray mold (Botrytis), viruses, aster yellows, spider mites, thrips, aphids.

Overview

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

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