Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus

Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus

Byzantine gladiolus

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus
  • Common name: Byzantine gladiolus
  • Family: Iridaceae
  • Plant Type: Bulb
Flower colour:

Pink

Foliage colour:

Green

Perfect for bridging the gap between the last of the spring bulbs and the first of the summer perennials, Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus is a gorgeous, late-spring flowering bulb bearing spikes of funnel-shaped flowers in the most intense magenta pink.

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It works well as a planting partner to silver-leafed plants and also in meadow-style plantings, mixed with other bright colours. In the right site, it can be naturalised, too. It also makes a great focal point as part of a container display, and makes an excellent cut flower.

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Unlike other gladiolus, Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus benefits from being planted in autumn. Plant the corms 10-16cm deep in well-drained soil. Use grit or sharp sand to aid drainage if you need to.

How to grow Gladiolus communis

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    100cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do Divide in September

Do Divide in October

Do Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Gladiolus communis and wildlife

Gladiolus communis has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Gladiolus communis poisonous?

Gladiolus communis toxins are absorbed by the skin. Its roots are toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People