|Gladiolus (Gladiolus species)|
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Strength of character; Sincerity; Generosity; Natural grace
The word gladiolus means "little sword" in Latin. Named for the shape of its leaves, the gladiolus belongs to the Iridaceae family. The first of the 250-300 existing gladiolus species originated in South Africa and the Mediterranean region. The flower was later brought to Europe, where it was hybridized to create today's many gladiolus cultivars, bearing almost every color except true blue.
Care and Handling
Use non-floridated water if possible as small amounts of floride will cause tip and leaf burn. Break off the top inch of stem to promote water uptake. Glads take up a lage amount of water so check and replentish water daily. To force bud opening, use a warm (100-110 F) solution mixed with flower food, and cover with a clear plastic bag. Keep in a warm (70-80 F) location while forcing.
Used in a wide range of designs. A bouquet of gladiolus in a glass bowl makes a good comtemporary arrangement. Blossoms can be glued together to form composite flowers for wedding work.
In virtually every color but true blue.