Gladiolus Italicus produce 5-20 flowerheads on a scape or central stalk. Blooms are vibrant pink shades and have long petals with occasional white streaking and accents towards the middle of the petals. Foliage is of a narrow, lanceolate shape with mid-green colours.
Tall stalk with multiple flowerheads that are scented and bright pink, Gladiolus Italicus is a very showy flowering plant that rises up to demonstrate its beautiful blooms. Perfect for naturalising woodland or rustic garden setting, Gladiolus Italicus also grows well as a highlight in a bed or border and can be grown in a large pot or container. Makes an interesting addition to a flower arrangement as a cut flower.
Gladiolus Italicus is a perennial tuber geophyte and grows from a corm. Native to areas around the Mediterranean, Gladiolus Italicus is a variety of flowering plant is well-known for its tendency for rapid and spreading growth. Gladiolus Italicus is a ambitious growing plant and tolerant of a variety of soil types and has been found in a variety of conditions including grassy meadows and rocky hillsides.
Within the family of Iris, Gladiolus Italicus exhibits several characteristics of these blooms including zygomorphic symmetry in which the flowerhead is similar to a reflected half of the flower across a vertical plane. Simply the left and right halves are mirror images of each other, while the top half of the flower is similar in colour but with broad petals and the bottom half has narrow, elongated petals.
Plant corms of Gladiolus Italicus approximately 5-15cm deep in of fertile, well-drained soils in full sun. Gladiolus Italicus is a late spring to early summer blooming plant which requires fall planting. Hardy and inclined to naturalise, Gladiolus Italicus can be sprouted indoors and then transplanted outdoors for more vigorous growth.
With the inclination to naturalise, Gladiolus Italicus is noteworthy for once acclimatising to an environment to being able to spread and grow heartily into plentiful groups. In areas where Gladiolus Italicus is established, it is known to have weed-like tendencies. Domestic uses for Gladiolus Italicus is heavily focused on ornamental planting and landscaping adaptations.
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