Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc.
GLADIOLUS 'Las Vegas'
Plant Common Name
Gladiola, Las Vegas Gladiola, Sword Lily
Large, coral-red blooms with pale yellow interiors line the upright flower stems of this Primulinus type Gladiolus, which was introduced in 2000. Bearing spikes of hooded, widely spaced flowers - in contrast to the crowded spires of the familiar Grandiflora hybrids - Primulinus glads are complex hybrids whose ancestry includes G. dalenii (formerly known as G. primulinus). They are among the most cold- and heat-tolerant glads. Gladiolus are herbaceous perennials that grow from bulbous corms covered with fibrous papery skin. Most of the more than 250 Gladiolus species are native to Africa, particularly South Africa, but others occur in Asia, the Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula.
The sword-shaped leaves are equitant, which means they overlap and unfold like a fan. The showy blooms are held atop waist-high stems in spikes that are fewer-flowered than those of Grandiflora hybrids. The funnel-shaped, six-lobed flowers open from the bottom of the spike up, with several opening simultaneously.
Plant this somewhat cold-tender perennial in full sun and well-drained fertile soil. More graceful and less stiff than the Grandiflora hybrids, it blends well with other perennials in borders and cottage gardens. If corms are planted at intervals, successions of blooms grace the garden. Cut or remove the flower stalk just below the first leaf so the remaining foliage can replenish the corm for next season’s blooms. Often grown as seasonal bulbs, Primulinus glads will overwinter in many climes, eventually forming clumps that produce flower spikes in late spring and summer. Where not hardy, plant corms after the soil warms; corms will bloom in 2 to 3 months. Glad corms can be lifted in fall and stored in a cool dry location indoors.
USDA Hardiness Zone
7 - 10
H1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
36"-40" / 91.4cm - 101.6cm
6"-24" / 15.2cm - 61.0cm
Spring, Summer, Fall, Indeterminate