Commonly known as Sword lily

Genus of about 180 species of cormous perennials from rocky slopes, seasonally dry grasslands and marshy areas mainly in South Africa, but also from the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, northwestern and eastern Africa, Madagascar and western Asia.

The colourful, showy spikes have been developed into over 10,000 hybrids and cultivars.

Further Reading....

  • Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennial
    Cormous perennial.
  • Herbaceous Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features
    Good to know - grown for their spikes of funnel-shaped flowers.
  • Pests & Diseases
    slugs, thrips, aphids, grey mould (Botrytis).
  • Place of origin
    Mediterranean, Africa and western Asia
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil

Buy Varieties of GLADIOLUS

GLADIOLUS communis

GLADIOLUS communis

Sword lily, Whistling Jacks

a cultivated form of the light to deep magenta gladioli which is often found wild in cornish hedgerows or older cottage gardens

dry bulbs in season
individually £0.80 each , 10+ £0.60 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
5 bulbs per pot
individually £11.50 each , 3+ £9.00 each 
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Available Early Spring 2022 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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