GLADIOLUS communis

Commonly known as 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
Further Reading....
  • Purple
    Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet
    Light to deep magenta
  • Height
    To 1m (3ft)
  • Spread
    8cm (3in)
  • Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennial
    Vigorous, cormous perennial. Linear leaves 10-70cm (4-28in) long. Spikes of up to 20 funnel-shaped flowers 5cm (2in) across
  • Herbaceous
    Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun

GLADIOLUS communis

Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
dry bulbs in season pack of 10 £6.00 each 
Delivery Information Estimated availability autumn 2022


  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Known as Jacks or Whistling Jacks in Isles of Scilly, Cornwall and Devon. Spreads freely from cormlets.
    Pests & Diseases
    Slugs, thrips, aphids, grey mould(Botrytis).
    Place of origin
    Spain, northwestern Africa, Italy (Sicily).
  • Flower Shape
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
  • Toxic - Category C
    Harmful if eaten
    (People & Pets)
to 1m (3ft)
bulb/corm - guide for size not form Watering Can
  8cm (3in)

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