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GLADIOLUS 'Peter Pears'

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Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc.

Family

Iridaceae

Botanical Name

GLADIOLUS 'Peter Pears'

Plant Common Name

Gladiola, Peter Pears Gladiola, Sword Lily

General Description

Large salmon-orange blooms with peachy yellow throats and a strawberry-orange blotch line the tall flower stems of this Grandiflora type Gladiolus. Famed for their crowded spikes of showy flowers on tall sturdy stems, Grandiflora glads are complex hybrids derived from some of the more than 250 Gladiolus species. All gladiolus are herbaceous perennials that grow from bulbous corms covered with fibrous papery skin. Many are native to Africa, particularly South Africa, but other species are from Asia, the Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula. Of the numerous gladiolus species and hybrids grown in gardens, Grandiflora glads are by far the best known.

The long, sword-shaped leaves are equitant, which means they overlap and unfold like a fan. The showy blooms are densely borne in one-sided spikes atop waist-high stems. The funnel-shaped, six-lobed flowers open from the bottom of the spike up, with many opening simultaneously. This cultivar blooms about about 75 days after planting, midway through the Grandiflora flowering season.

Plant this tender perennial in full sun and well-drained fertile soil. It looks best when planted in masses or rows for cutting. Its stems may need staking. 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. Typically grown as seasonal bulbs, Grandiflora glads will overwinter in mild climes, eventually forming large clumps that produce many flower spikes in spring. 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.

Characteristics

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    36"-48" / 91.4cm - 121.9cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Rose, Salmon, Peach

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No