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Gladiolus 'The Bride'

sword lily 'The Bride'

  • Other common names sword lily 'The Bride'

  • Synonyms Gladiolus × colvillii 'The Bride'

  • Family Iridaceae

  • Genus Gladiolus are cormous perennials with fans of sword-shaped or linear leaves and spikes of funnel-shaped flowers

  • Details 'The Bride' is a perennial corm with narrow, sword-shaped leaves and erect stems to 60cm, bearing up to 6 funnel-shaped white flowers 5cm wide, marked with yellow on the lower petals, from early spring to early summer


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Sand


  • Loam


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam, Chalk

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0-0.1 metre

  • Time to ultimate height 1-2 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow gladioli in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Plant corms 10-16cm deep (4-6in) in spring. If the soil is not perfectly drained, plant the corms on a bed of sand. When the flower spikes reach one third to half their final height, feed with a potassium-rich fertiliser such as a tomato feed. Repeat every 10-14 days until three weeks after flowering. In areas where there is frost, lift the corms when the foliage has turned yellow-brown. Snap the stem off the corms and dry the corms off for 14 days and keep the new corms dry and frost-free until planting time

Propagation Sow seed at 15?C in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal

How to care

Pruning Snap off old stems from the corms when lifting them for winter storage

Pests Thrips, aphids and slugs can affect gladioli

Diseases Gladiolus corm rot and grey mould (botrytis) sometimes cause problems

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