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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
sword lily 'Ruby'
Gladiolus ecklonii 'Ruby' Gladiolus papilio red-flowered
Gladiolus papilio 'Ruby' Gladiolus papilio ruby-flowered
Gladiolus are cormous perennials with fans of sword-shaped or linear leaves and spikes of funnel-shaped flowers
'Ruby' is a cormous perennial, to 80cm tall, with upright, sword-shaped leaves and short spikes of ruby-red flowers in mid- to late summer
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
SoilSand, Chalk, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Plant corms 10-16cm deep in spring. If the soil is not perfectly-drained, plant the corms on a bed of sand. Provide a winter mulch in cold areas
Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in spring, or by separating cormlets when dormant
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds
City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants
Pruning Remove spent flower stems and allow foliage to die down naturally
Pests Thrips, aphids and slugs can affect sword lilies
Gladiolus corm rot and grey moulds (botrytis) sometimes cause problems
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