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Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus

Product Code: 260038

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Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus - 20 corms
£ 5.50
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Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus - 40 corms
£ 9.95
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Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus

Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus is one of my favourite May flowers when the tulips go over but the roses and summer perennials are yet to get going.

It is a wild flower of the Mediterranean, where its magenta spires stud the olive groves through May and June. It’s also naturalised in the South-West – Cornwall and the Scilly Isles (where it’s called Whistling Jack) and is 100% hardy in the garden here.

Most Gladioli you plant in the spring, but these species varieties and their sports you plant in the autumn. They also look wonderful in pots.

  • Perfect for pollinators

Genus: Gladiolus
Variety: communis subsp. byzantinus
Type: Deciduous
Soil Type: Light soil, rich in organic material
Site: Full sun
Height: 60cm (24in)
Spacing: Plant 15cm deep,15 cm apart (slightly closer in pots).
Hardiness: Hardy
Care tips: Water regularly and plentifully during the growing season and stake taller varieties.
Flowers: ❀ May - July
For the vase: Remove the bottom leaves. Some people remove the top of the spike to encourage more flower but I think this is a shame as the twists and turns of the spike are part of the appeal.

Please note: This appeared as code 209134 in the Spring Catalogue.

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