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Gladiolus communis ssp. byzantinus 'Cruentus'
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Gladiolus communis ssp. byzantinus 'Cruentus'

Cruentus Corn Flag

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Item #: 5857

Zones: 6a to 9b, at least

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Mediterranean Europe

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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(aka: G. byzantinus) We are pleased to finally offer the old-fashioned Gulf Coast pass-along gladiolus...thanks to Texas plantsman, Greg Grant. The 2' tall spikes of intensely tacky, fluorescent cerise-red flowers top the late-January emerging foliage from late April through early May...attractive to hummingbirds. G. 'Cruentus' could be classified as a spring ephemeral since the entire clump is dormant by early summer...be sure to mark the spot when planting summer groundcovers. We tried to find a matching RHS color code with no luck...obviously royal taste doesn't allow this color in the old UK. As you can imagine, its drought-tolerance and ease of culture are legendary!