Gladiolus murielae goes by many poetic names in the common vernacular: Sword Lily, Peacock Orchid, Abyssinian Lily, and Fragrant Gladiolus. An individual statuesque slender stem holds six to eight blooms that open from the bottom up. An excellent cut flower, the tight buds continue to open in the vase for many days of enjoyment. Floral designers will appreciate the strong line, yet soft touch, these flowers will lend to their craft. The white blooms with their plum throats look a bit like butterflies hovering above an arrangement. The best part about these blooms though is their exotic perfume! It is an addictive, deeply floral fragrance that makes bouquets memorable.
Sword lilies prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Very carefree plants that bloom repeatedly for us through the season, beginning with the first big flush in August and then blooming sporadically but steadily until frost. We routinely get 24"+ stems when we cut ours. Tight spacing seems to be the key to longer stems so space them at 6" or even closer.
They are deer resistant (woot woot!) and do well in containers too. The jury seems to be out on what their specific hardiness is, but they are reliably hardy for us here in the heart of Philadelphia (Zone 7), though some sources say they are only hardy in zones 8-10. If you are concerned with hardiness, you can dig them each fall and store them over the winter the same as you would store dahlia tubers.
We've been growing Sword Lily at Love 'n Fresh for several seasons now and our stash has gotten quite large (these beauties like to multiply!). It's time to send some out into the world and share our love for these awesome cut flowers. We are not a bulb company by nature so we are not going to provide specific grading or even a number of bulbs you'll get in your order. We're just selling brown bags of bulbs in their undivided clumps, dug straight from our own beds, for you to enjoy in your own garden and bouquets. Rest assured they are a good bargain.
Each order will be a standard brown paper lunch bag generously filled with large healthy mother bulbs and many young new bulblets that will mature to produce blooms over the course of next season.