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Gladiolus papilio
Common Name: Butterfly Gladiolus Family: Iridaceae (The Iris Family)

Gladiolus papilio
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Narrow tall Iris-like foliage and tall wiry stems hold soft slate-lilac flowers with a soft yellow green throat and dark pink to red markings. This is an old fashioned and curious plant from southern Africa that has been grown in the UK since 1866. It spreads by undergrown rhizomes and is well placed in the mid to back border.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Southern Africa and Madagascar
Native Habitat:
Marshy ground, up to 2400 metres.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourPink 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourGreen 
Height2-4'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread12-24'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureLoves Sun Sun Part Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage Moist  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Solidago praecox

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