Native to the Mediterranean area, Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus (Byzantine Gladiolus) is a bulbous perennial that features narrow sword-shaped leaves in a fan of 3-5 erect flowering spikes, each bearing up to 15 bold, magenta funnel-shaped flowers, 2" wide (5cm).
- Blooming in late spring to early summer, this eye-catching beauty grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and gradually spreads to form large clumps.
- Puts a terrific show in beds and borders when mixed with other perennials or ornamental grasses. Great for cutting too!
- Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society (1993), it is resilient to disease.
- Plant in a sheltered location to protect your Gladioli from strong winds.
- Best flowering occurs in full sun in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Light shade is tolerated. This plant will naturalize and multiply with great enthusiasm in favorable growing conditions.
- Provide consistent moisture during the growing season and do not allow the soil to dry out. After flowering, you may reduce watering.
- To be planted in fall. In cold areas, provide a thick, protective winter mulch