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Gladiolus carmineus (Cliff Gladiolus)

Cliff Gladiolus, Cliff Lily, Hermanus Cliff Gladiolus


Native to southern Africa, Gladiolus carmineus (Cliff Gladiolus) is a delicate-looking cormous perennial boasting clusters of 4-5 starry, brilliant rose-pink blooms on each flowering stem in the fall. Each of the lower petals are streaked with a white line down their center surrounded by a pale mauve halo. The ravishing blossoms emerge before the foliage of gray-green, narrow, arching leaves. Cliff Gladiolus is perfect for rock gardens or containers.

  • Grows up to 12-20 in. tall (30-50 cm) and 8 in. wide (20 cm).
  • Best flowering occurs in full sun in well-drained soils. Give plenty of water, every 7-10 day, during the growing season. Salt tolerant.
  • This winter-growing gladiolus can be grown from corms as well as seeds.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Gladiolus - Sword Lilies
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 7' – 8' (210cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Salt
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Gladiolus - Sword Lilies
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 7' – 8' (210cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Salt
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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