Gladiolus murielae

Abyssinian gladiolus ( syn. acidanthera or callianthus )

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40 corms £5.99
available to order from winter 2021
80 + 40 FREE corms £17.97 £11.98
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Gladiolus murielae Abyssinian gladiolus ( syn. acidanthera or callianthus ): Intensely fragrant late summer flowers

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: August to October
  • Hardiness: frost tender
  • Bulb size: 6-8cm

    We believe everyone should have some of these in their garden. Their spikes of nodding, funnel-shaped, highly fragrant white flowers, each with a prominent burgundy blotch at the base of their petals, seem to dance on the breeze at the ends of their slender stems from late summer onwards. An elegant plant, it is ideal for adding movement to a sunny border, and they give masses of flowers at a time of the year when little else is. Plant it in clumps throughout the beds, or pot them up (around 15-20 corms in a 30cm pot) and keep them on the patio next to a seating area or often-used pathway, where you will be sure to make the most of the heady scent. They are cheap as chips considering the dazzling show they put on in their first year, but treat them the same as you would an annual and replace them every year (or two) to keep the display fresh.

  • Garden care: Plant corms 10-16cm (4-6in) deep in spring, on a bed of sharp sand to aid drainage. In frost-prone areas, lift them when the leaves turn yellow-brown and store the corms in a dry, frost-free place over winter.

  • CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs

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Out of the 40 plus I planted not a single one has flowered!


Intention had been to add colour in pots and bed nearest to house but all have failed to deliver. Very disappointed.




I Would buy these again


These bulbs are great planted in large groups either in the round or in pot and they have a great fragrance , greta for late summer colour .




Very pretty


These bulbs flowered late in the season adding a pleasant addition to my front porch display


West Cumbria


Super little bulbs !! Well worth trying


These are super little bulbs with a big punch ! Similar to crocosmia with their tall strappy leaves. Their flowers are so pretty with delicate colours of white and purple . They also smell really nice, like a vanilla lily fragrance, I tend to put them in pots first then plant in the garden once they are established in the pots. I have found that they haven't come up again the next year which is a shame, they vanished in the garden and turned to a mushy pulp when I tried them in pots. I am still looking for a way to keep them for years as they are a bulb and should be hardy. Perhaps in drier conditions they would survive. I think they would look lovely round a pond or pool area, quite iris like I think. Excellent for the back of the border with their tall leaves, great to grow in pots then fill areas of the border that are bare. Very versatile plant/bulb and well worth trying !!




Rather disappointing.


These are very beautiful when in flower, however less than half the bulbs produced flowers this year.




Fabulous plants with a heavenly scent. So pleased


One of my favourite plants

Keith r


Very few flowers, lots of leaves!


Followed instructions but only a few of these bulbs produced a flower. I just had a couple of containers full of leaves






Long flowering. Really pretty.




No flowers


Not one flower last summer. Fingers crossed for 2019

Bridge player



Amazing Scent


Great potted up in large containers





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hi, I would like to grow these near my conifer trees. Will they be able to grow .


Hello there The issue might be that the conifers will take a lot of moisture and nutrients out of the soil and cast shade over them. These plants like full sun with a free draining soil, but they do need moisture. Hope this helps.

I grew a pot full of these last year and ended up with a lot of leaves but no flowers,what did I do wrong?

the boot

Hello there There could be a number of reasons, - if they are planted too late in the season then they might not flower, or not enough sun as they sun do like full sun, or maybe planted too deeply- they should be planted between 10-15cm deep, or the corms were too small, or overcrowding in the pot, or even that the soil is too rich in nitrogen so they are producing lots of leaves rather flowers. Sorry I cannot give you a definite answer, but hope this helps.

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