Acidanthera murielae (syn. Gladiolus)

The Victorians loved Acidanthera murielae – a cousin of the gladiolus – for cut flowers, and it's easy to see why. It has a wonderful scent and lasts brilliantly in the vase. More
100 corms 209112-100 £16.95 Delivery late February
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15 corms 209112-15 £3.50 Delivery late February
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30 corms 209112-30 £5.95 Delivery late February
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1 x 2 litre plant (10 bulbs per pot) 511222-2L £7.95 Delivery early June
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The Victorians loved Acidanthera murielae – a cousin of the gladiolus – for cut flowers, and it's easy to see why. It has a wonderful scent and lasts brilliantly in the vase.

It has become my staple autumn flower for cutting, I couldn't be without it. One of the best statuesque and scented flowers for a large container. These Ethiopian native Peacock Orchids are hugely recommended.

Full instructions for planting these corms will be sent with your order.

Genus Gladiolus callianthus
Type Tender Perennial Corm
Common Name Acidanthera murielae, Abyssinian gladiolus
Border Position Middle
Bulb Size 10/+

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Soil Type Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 100cm (39in)
Care Tips If you're growing in containers, stop watering at the end of summer and bring the pots indoors for the winter. Put them out again next spring after danger of night frosts has passed. Plant 15 corms per average 30cm pot.
Flowering August - October
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
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  • Flowers/Harvest
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Acidanthera murielae (syn. Gladiolus) reviews

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Reviewed Yesterday by Roger

Very good and plants flowered well

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Pamela

The 100 corms easily filled three large pots. The leaves grew robustly, and in July beautiful delicate white flowers appeared. They stayed for about a month. The leaves still remain [mid-October], although they're very exposed to north-easterly winds. I'd thoroughly recommend these plants.

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Mary

These never do flower 100% but they are showy at this time of the year and excellent late summer flowers.

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Reviewed 4th October 2018 by Linda

As previously mentioned all of the collections I ordered were beautifully packaged and grew as described in the brochure.
I could not have been more pleased.

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Reviewed 4th October 2018 by Nevil

Absolutely beautiful, every has commented on them, so graceful and long lived. I’m glad your booklet warned about being patient to see them bloom, but when they did, wow!

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Lyn

These are really beautiful, and still flowering

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Janet

Always enjoy these early Autumn flowering bulbs which I grow in pots. They look good amidst other pots of grasses, Box balls and a pointed potted Box plant. They were planted later than they should have been, but the warm autumn weather ensured they have flowered profusely and with their usual steadfast elegant beauty.

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Dave

Love the Gladiolas and never fails to produce great displays.

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Reviewed 24th September 2018 by Constance

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Reviewed 22nd September 2018 by Ruth

I’ve had a wonderful display of acidanthera in pots. Long flowering.
I hope I can keep them for next year!

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Reviewed 22nd September 2018 by Gillian

The ordering and delivery went very smoothly and the Acidanthera have flowered for weeks and are beautiful.

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Reviewed 22nd September 2018 by Rebecca

Planted in various places around the garden and they've all come up and they have been flowering continuously for a couple of months

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Reviewed 21st September 2018 by Anne

Spectacular display which have been greatly admired

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Beryl

very good, lovely fragrance. Definitely purchase again next year

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Irene

The bulbs performed fine.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Rebecca

Fabulous and very reliable. I grow these each year and eagerly watch them all summer, waiting for the flowers to come out in autumn just when everything else is starting to look a little tired. The leaves look great squeezed into the tiniest gaps between other plants in midsummer, making everything look lush and a bit jungly. Then I trim everything back a bit just as the first autumn rains come along, and suddenly the borders are full of these little beauties!

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Brenda

Planted on the edge of the border and love it's 'nodding' feature. Good at the time of the year when other flowers have finished blooming

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Jane

Gorgeous blooms with film star looks!

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Jackie

They are beautiful flowers which have flowered for an extremely long time. They bring me a lot of joy and happiness everytime I see them. Will certainly be buying some more. They're gorgeous

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Julie

Beautiful now that they are in flower but they have been extremely late this year!

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Elizabeth

Elegant and classy flowers and scented too

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Cherelyn

Leaves really healthy but still waiting for flowers to appear. Recently fed with tomato feed but still no sign of flowers. I have not tried growing these before.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by James

Planted in two separate large pots with petunias, the Acidanthera have been flowering prolifically for 6 weeks and are still flourishing. A wonderful show!

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Caroline

Always wanted to grow these and finally got some this year. I started mine off in compost and then planted out when they'd got going in about June (just as the drought hit but they came through fine with minimal watering) and they are wonderful. I hadn't realised how scented they are. They don't flop either and are in front of a dark pink hydrangea which they complement well. I will be ordering plenty more.

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Reviewed 18th September 2018 by Helen

Fantastic bulbs we have 2 pots flowering beautifully in late September.

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Reviewed 15th September 2018 by Judy

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Reviewed 14th September 2018 by Mrs Dix

these have come up but have no flowers .The service from Sarah Raven is always good and I have pllaced another order with them recently.

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Reviewed 13th September 2018 by Katherine M Downes

Not as many flowers as I had last time I planted these from S. R.
Kept them watered throughout drought.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Joy

Absolutely delighted with the plant and bulbs,they have been

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Dena

Lovely addition to my white garden.

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Reviewed 6th September 2018 by Helene

A lovely plant well worth growing.

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Reviewed 5th September 2018 by Mrs Whitlock

Carefully packaged and bought in advance, these corms arrived safely and on time, with detailed, comprehensive instructions for planting, growing and lifting enclosed. Now blooming, they are stunning, such a joy to have these delicate, scented flowers at their best in September just when you thought the glory of the summer was fading. I planted 90 corms in May in huge pots for my mothers 90th birthday in August. She has watched them grow to a meter tall, and now come into flower, a thrilling delight!

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Reviewed 5th September 2018 by Barbara

Great blooms and delicious smell

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Reviewed 5th September 2018 by Louise

They have grown well but we are into September and they are not showing a single bud - I live in hope!

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Reviewed 4th September 2018 by Mrs Seear

Brilliant! I just love them!

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Reviewed 4th September 2018 by Mrs Whelan

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Mrs Watts

Have been very pretty, lovely perfume

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Sandy

I love these. Only just flowering now. Beautiful.

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Barbara

I’ve just entered my pleasure with the Acidanthera in the wrong place, it would seem. See under gladiolus murel.......

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Reviewed 30th August 2018 by Mrs Dix

these have come up but have no flowers .The service from Sarah Raven is always good and I have pllaced another order with them recently.

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Alison

Beautiful flowers and lasted ages

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Lynne

I buy them annually and they always provide late interest in my garden pots. I have tried drying them and overwintering them but the flowers are not as large so I recommend buying new corms each year. The scent is gorgeous.

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by THERESA

I have, in the past, had a great experience of planting Sarah Raven bulbs - the tulips have been amazing and the best I have ever had. I did not think that the acidantera were quite as good as last year and I have been disappointed with the bressera. For months I have had long thin limp leaves taking up valuable pot space - less than overwheming. Flowers are just starting to grow but even if they are very pretty I don't think they justify the straggly appearance for most of the summer.

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Coral

They are the only flowers that survived the blazing hot summer and did not immediately dry out and fall off. Although they look fragile, they appear to be very robust. However I want to say here that I don't want any more notices saying that I only have one day to enjoy a special offer, I do not relate well to that kind of outdated salesman pressure, shame on you. Either give us time to consider properly or don't bother!

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Dr Nairne

As expected! See comments above

Acidenthera

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Reviewed 18th October 2017 by Ann Owen

Fabulous display and wonderfully scented. They made a majestic entry to my gazebo

Acidanthera

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Reviewed 27th July 2017 by Gabriella

Absolutely beautiful but absolutely no fragrance despite much vaunting of this characteristic. Where have I gone wrong?

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your feedback.

We're sorry to hear that your Acidanthera are not fragranced as advertised, this does sound odd, and we are not aware of any similar issues.
Please do get in touch with our Customer Service Team on 0345 092 0283 or at info@sarahraven.com and they will more than happily look into this for you and advise.

Kind regards,
The Sarah Raven Team"

Posted 27th July 2017

No flowers

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Reviewed 8th March 2017 by Catherine Graham

Lots of leaves, but no flowers. So disappointed as they looked amazing at Sissinghurst. I put some in my sunniest bed and some in containers in my sunny courtyard, so not sure why. Any tips gratefully received as I have dug them up and debating whether to try again.

Never without these!

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Reviewed 6th March 2017 by Valerie Aston

I adore these and plant up another pot every year. They are so stately yet fragile, with the most wonderful scent. I would not be with out them. they look good on the patio as well as in the border.

Astonishing!

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Reviewed 14th November 2016 by Dushan Stojadinovic

Beyond any doubt one of my most favourite plants I've ever come across. Stunning and the fragrance is intoxicating and incredible. An absolute MUST! Thank you Sarah for introducing me to this flower.

Not so tender

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Reviewed 15th October 2016 by John Roberts

These magnificent plants give a fabulous autumn display and, down here In South Pembrokeshire, have not just overwintered but the clumps become larger every year.

Stunning

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Reviewed 1st August 2016 by Katherine

Mine flowered the last week of July in containers. It was a wonderful surprise. They are beautiful. I planted them in a plastic pot to bury in a terracotta pot that I sow other flowers like tulips at different times of the year. I put these in after the tulips finished end of May. Next year however, I will put them in later as all I had were the green leaves for two months before the flowers came.

Late starters

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Reviewed 17th July 2016 by Linda

I planted bulbs in two containers on my patio last year and they were absolutely stunning. I left them to over winter in the containers and decided this year that they had given up the ghost so replanted my containers with geraniums in mid June. To my surprise they have reappeared in all their glory and found their way through the geraniums. Amazing and most beautiful plants.

What a stunning surpise

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Reviewed 29th August 2015 by Hilary dedman

I had some concerns these were never going to flower but what a delightful surprise for the bank holiday weekend, they are stunning. I look forward to putting them In a vase with my dahlias

Worked this time!

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Reviewed 7th August 2015 by patricia mandeville

This year, planted in a different place I have a gorgeous display of these lovely flowers! Fingers crossed for next time.

My fault, I'm sure

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Reviewed 18th November 2014 by patricia mandeville

Well these didn't flower for me. At all! I planted them on a south facing bed, maybe too near a wall? Or maybe I didn't water them enough? Anyway, have dug them up and will replant in a different spot next year

Wonderful

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Reviewed 23rd September 2014 by Victoria

Was very a little sceptical about growing these as I have never seen them before. Planted as per instructions in a pot and after some time they began to pop up. I have been rewarded with a fabulous display and the fragrance is heavenly. Well worth growing - will be buying more.

Best scent ever!

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Reviewed 10th July 2014 by Venetia Peet

I have always loved the scent of Frangipanis..from childhood in Singapore, but these wonderful fragrant flowers surpass my childhood favourites! The only drawback is that they're not hardy and have to be protected over winter..but well worth it, once grown you will want them in your garden forever!