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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.
Cultivar: subsp. byzantinus
Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb
Flower colour: Magenta
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Experienced
Flowering period: May to August
Can I plant gladiolus in tubs to help when taking up corms in winter months?
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