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
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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.

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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
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Acidanthera murielae (syn. Gladiolus) reviews

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Reviewed 18th October 2017 by Ann Owen

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


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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 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.


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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.


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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


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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!