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/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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