Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus
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|Direct Sow/ Plant Out|
- Border (Middle)
- Broad Tolerance
- May - June
- 60cm (24in)
- communis subsp. Byzantinus
- Common name
- Sword Lily
- Full Sun
- Plant 15cm (6in) deep, 15cm (6in) apart (slightly closer in pots)
- Plant the corms 10cm deep in drifts through borders or grass.
These magenta spires stud the olive groves in the Mediterranean. Known as 'Whistling Jack' in Cornwall and the Scilly Isles where it is also naturalised. Excellent in borders or grass.
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The petals are edible, they have a very mild flavour and can be used to decorate puddings and cakes
Water regularly during growing season and stake tall varieties. Lift after first frosts. If you're growing in containers, stop watering at the end of summer and bring the pots indoors for the winter.