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Other common names
Gladiolus byzantinus Gladiolus nanus 'Byzantinus'
Gladiolus are cormous perennials with fans of sword-shaped or linear leaves and spikes of funnel-shaped flowers
G. communis subsp. byzantinus is a perennial to 90cm, growing from a corm, with erect sword-shaped leaves nearly as tall as the flowering stems. Deep red-purple, funnel-shaped flowers 5cm in width, are borne in erect spikes from late spring
S Spain, Sicily
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 or East-facing
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
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
Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers
Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow
Pruning No pruning required
Pests Susceptible to thrips, aphids and slugs
Susceptible to grey moulds and gladiolus corm rot
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