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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 'Charming Beauty'
Gladiolus are cormous perennials with fans of sword-shaped or linear leaves and spikes of funnel-shaped flowers
'Charming Beauty' is a tubergenii gladiolus, 70cm high, with green leaves and spikes of pale pink flowers, with darker pink markings and white throats, in summer
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun, planting the corms 10cm deep in spring, on a bed of sharp sand to aid drainage; in frost-prone areas, lift when the leaves turn yellow-brown, and store the new corms in a dry, frost-free place until the following spring; in milder areas, add a thick dry mulch overwinter
Propagate by division, separating cormlets when dormant
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders Cut Flowers
Cottage & Informal Garden City & Courtyard Gardens
Pruning No pruning required
Pests May be affected by thrips, aphids, slugs and snails
May be affected by gladiolus corm rot, grey moulds (Botrytis), Fusarium bulb rot, gladiolus core rot, gladiolus dry rot, gladiolus scab and neck rot, fungal leaf spot, and virus diseases
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