This is the true form of gladioli byzantinus grown for us in the UK on the Isles of Scilly. A similar cultivated form is avalable but the flowers are not quite as deep purple/red as these and in our opinion do not last as long. These bulbs are really excellent for naturalising and as such will come back for many years. Ensure that they are planted in soil that has been cultivated to a depth of 25cms and is free draining. They are happy in shade and sun although in the sunnier areas the flowers will not last quite so long. Ensure that food such as well rooted compost or bone meal is available during the leaf and flower stage for them to produce flowers for the following spring. Can be grown in containers if required but do not use too much multi purpose compost in the pot. Work really well with the shorter alliums and camassia.
Aspect: Happy in shade and sun. In sun flowers do not last as long
Soil type: Free draining soils that have a good food source available to them.
New season top quality bulbs delivered from September onwards