Acidanthera (Spring 2013)

acidanthera poor quality

This gladiolus has many names :
gladiolus murielae, gladiolus callianthus. . . . 
and several combinations of the above…

Site: sunny
Soil: well drained – plant on sharp sand.
Care: corms need to be lifted before serious frosts if storing overwinter.

I planted 70 of these corms as there was an offer in the garden centre.  However they did not perform well – each clump had only one or two corms that flowered.  That said they were absolutely beautiful so I will try again.  Even without flowers the lovely spikey leaves look great in the herbaceous border.

When I lifted them the corms had made lots of baby corms which were much too small to plant out next year.  I will probably try again with new corms and hope it was the really cold spring that stopped these flowering.



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