These vigorous perennials have linear leaves to 24 inches long. Spikes of up to 20 funnel-shaped, marked, deep magenta flowers appear in spring.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsSpreads from cormlets. Native of Spain, northwest Africa, and Sicily.
CareThrives in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. May need staking. Hardy where soil does not freeze in winter. Protecting plants with a thick, loose mulch or siting them near a wall might extend hardiness up to Zone 6.
PropagationFrom cormlets when dormant.
ProblemsProne to gladiolus corm rot (Fusarium), gray mold (Botrytis), viruses, aster yellows, spider mites, thrips, and aphids.
- Genus : Gladiolus
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Flower Color : Pink
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
- Bloom Time : Summer