You're currently on:
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
|Variety:||communis subsp. byzantinus|
|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.