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Gladiolus italicus


Gladiolus italicus is a smaller, hardy gladiola with delicate magenta flowers.

Gladiolus italicus is a smaller, hardy wildflower native to Europe and North Africa. Its delicate magenta flowers, arching away from the stems, make it an antidote to heavy, cultivated gladiolus and an excellent choice for bright spring colour. It is easygoing and naturalizes well. Gladiolus take little space to grow, so they combine well with other sun loving plants. Bulbs require good drainage. Leave the foliage to nourish the bulb after the flower stalk is spent and mulch in winter.

Common Name: Field Gladiolus

Family: Iridaceae (The Iris Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-9

Light: Full Sun

Height: 12-24"

Width: 4-8"

Primary Bloom Colour: Magenta

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Dry, Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Broad distribution. Cultivated fields and waste places. Eurasia and North Africa


Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - North Africa

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