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Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus


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Summer/autumn blooming bulb

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A stunning sight in late spring and early summer, Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus has sword-shaped leaves and produces tall spikes of deep magenta flowers. Hailing from the Mediterranean region, it is borderline hardy in this country. In warmer areas, such as Cornwall, it may survive outdoors all year round. But in colder parts, it is best to lift the corms each autumn to overwinter in frost-free conditions.

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Gladiolus

Species: communis

Cultivar: subsp. byzantinus

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Magenta

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 90cm

Spread: 8cm

Flowering period: May to August

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Can I plant gladiolus in tubs to help when taking up corms in winter months?

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