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Gladiolus carneus (Painted Lady)

Painted Lady Gladiolus


Native to southern Africa, Gladiolus carneus (Painted Lady) is a graceful cormous perennial boasting loose spikes of 3-12 widely funnel-shaped, soft pink flowers in late spring. Large, each elegant blossom, up to 2.5 in. long (6 cm), is adorned with deep carmine spade-shaped markings on its lower petals. Blooming for up to 4 weeks, they are borne atop arching stems surrounded by sword-shaped leaves. Tough and reliable, Painted Lady Gladiolus is perfect for rock gardens, dry gardens or containers. Very ornamental and a good cut flower.

  • Grows up to 8-20 in. tall (20-50 cm) and 3-4 in. wide (7-10 cm). A good naturalizer, this summer dormant gladiolus will spread by cormlets to create a lovely colony.
  • Best flowering occurs in full sun in well-drained soils. Drought tolerant, this plant copes well in hot, dry conditions, but does not resent summer watering.
  • Divide every four or five years.
  • Winter-growing gladiolus species should be planted in the fall.

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Prized for their majestic flower spikes, Gladiolus (Sword-Lilies) deserve a spot in the garden. Easy to grow, they will burst into bloom and add bright notes of summer color to your beds and borders, pots or in wonderful bouquets inside your home. However, some basic rules need to be followed to enjoy their impressive flowers all summer long.Read More

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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 Spring (Late)
Height 8" – 2' (20cm – 60cm)
Spread 3" – 4" (7cm – 10cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles 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 Spring (Late)
Height 8" – 2' (20cm – 60cm)
Spread 3" – 4" (7cm – 10cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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