A perennial to 1m, with long grassy leaves and erect stems each bearing several fragrant, hooded white flowers 5cm in width, carried on arching, slender tubes and prominently blotched purple in throat
SynonymsGladiolus bicolor 'Murielae'
see moreGladiolus callianthus 'Murielae'
Acidanthera bicolor 'Murielae'
Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0–0.1 metre
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
South–facing or East–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
- Columnar upright
- Potentially harmful
- Ornamental bulbs, not to be eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Gladiolus are cormous perennials with fans of sword-shaped or linear leaves and spikes of funnel-shaped flowers
- Name status
- Plant range
- East Africa
How to grow
Plant 10 to 16cm deep on a bed of sharp sand in fertile, well-drained soil. Lift when foliage dies back, discard old corms and store new corms in a dry frost-free place until planting in the spring. In milder areas a thick dry winter mulch may suffice
Propagate by separating cormlets when dormant
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds
- Cut flowers
No pruning required
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