Gladiolus tristis

Gladiolus tristis

Evening 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 not 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 tristis
  • Common name: Evening gladiolus
  • Family: Iridaceae
  • Plant Type: Bulb
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Native to the marshy grasslands of southern Africa, Gladiolus tristis, or the evening gladiolus, is a spring-flowering perennial that grows from corms.

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It’s well suited to growing in an informal setting outdoors, but also makes a lovely potted specimen for a cool greenhouse.

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In the UK, Gladiolus tristis benefits from being planted in full sun in a well-drained and humus-rich soil. Look out for the foliage, which emerges in autumn following summer dormancy, and support it with twiggy stems poked in the ground.

How to grow Gladiolus tristis

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    20cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / 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 Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not 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 not 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

Gladiolus tristis and wildlife

Gladiolus tristis is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Gladiolus tristis poisonous?

Gladiolus tristis is harmful if ingested and causes an upset stomach.

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

Plants that go well with Gladiolus tristis