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Gladiolus papilio 'Ruby' (Butterfly Gladiolus)

Ruby Gladiolus, Butterfly Sword Lily 'Ruby', Butterfly Gladiolus 'Ruby', Goldblotch Gladiolus 'Ruby', Gladiolus ecklonii 'Ruby', Gladiolus papilio red-flowered, Gladiolus papilio ruby-flowered


Particularly beautiful, Gladiolus papilio 'Ruby' (Butterfly Gladiolus) is an elegant cormous perennial with short spikes of nodding, brilliant ruby-red flowers with darker interiors. Blooming in mid to late summer, the blossoms of this hardy sword-lily rise above the foliage of upright, sword-shaped leaves.

  • Grows up to 24-36 in. tall (60-90 cm) and 4-6 in. wide (10-15 cm).
  • Best flowering occurs in full sun in well-drained soils. Provide a winter mulch in cold areas.
  • Good candidate for beds and borders, city gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens or patio containers. Spectacular in cut flower arrangements.
  • Keep an eye out for thrips, aphids, slugs, gray mould and corm rot.
  • Remove spent flower stems and allow foliage to die down naturally.
  • Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in spring, or by separating cormlets when dormant. Plant your corms 4-6 in. deep (10-15 cm).
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.
  • Gladiolus papilio is native to South Africa.

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Prized for their majestic flower spikes, are popular flower bulbs. Whether used in borders, containers or as cut flowers, Gladiolus (Sword-Lilies) always provide a spectacular effect with their rich and cheerful colors and their breathtaking vertical lines. With very little work needed, they will burst into bloom and add bright notes of summer color to the garden, in your pots or inside your home. However, some basic rules need to be followed to enjoy beautiful and impressive flowers for several months.Read More

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 10
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 Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Spacing 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Depth 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 10
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 Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Spacing 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Depth 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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