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Gladiolus 'Fidelio' (Gladiolus)

Gladiolus 'Fidelio' Photo/Illustration: Scott Kunst


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Gladiolus 'Fidelio' glad-ee-OH-lus Common Name: Gladiolus 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.
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, Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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