Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus (Gladioli)

Full Sun
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Plant Overview

Originally from the olive groves of the Mediterranean and now naturalised in parts of southern England and the Silly Isles, this beautiful flower is ideal for cutting and displaying. It works very well in borders or in grass, where the tall spikes of pink-purple flowers are resplendent in May and June.

Drought tolerant and hardy in all but the most severe winters.

Given the Award of Garden Merit by the RHS.

Loved by bees.

Height and spread: 90cm x 30cm

Common names: Sword Lily; Whistling Jack.






Photo: Meneerke bloem, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.