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Gladiolus byzantinus - Byzantine Glad

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb
Family: Iridaceae (Irises)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Flower Color: Magenta
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Gladiolus byzantinus (Byzantine Glad) - This stunning plant has deep magenta flowers with narrow cream-colored midribs on the lower 3 petals. These flowers dance atop 2- 3 foot unbranched stems beginning in mid April. This native Mediterranean plant came to us from Old House Bulbs and is NOT the smaller, paler, flowering counterfeit often sold under this name. It is native to the Mediterranean from Spain, Italy, North Africa, Corsica and Malta and was first introduced into cultivation in 1629 and has been grown in the southern US since colonial days. Sometimes called "cornflags", it marks many old home sites and cemetery plots in Texas and southern states where it increases year after year. Plant in full sun in most any soil - tolerates even heavy clay soils. Irrigate until foliage dries in late spring. Small cormels can be left in place to expand the clump or be removed and planted elsewhere where they will bloom after about 3 years. New foliage emerges in early winter but is frost hardy enough to be planted in USDA Zone 6.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Gladiolus byzantinus .
 
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