Pypie, Autumn Pipes
Gladiolus brevifolius

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gladiolus (GLAD-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: brevifolius (brev-ee-FOH-lee-us) (Info)
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Category:

Bulbs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Pale Green

Cream/Tan

Silver/Gray

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Oct 21, 2006, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Neutral given because I have not as yet had experience of growing this plant.

This is one of the more common of the Autumn flowering species of the southern African winter-rainfall zone.

It's natural habitat is the Western Cape Province. They occur in stony sandstone, gritty granite loam and light to heavy clay.

Flowering occurs after summer, generally when the nights are cool, but is not dependant on rain to begin growth.

The flower stalk is produced before the leaves. There are generally two or three leaves, sometimes one. The leaves of the flowering stem are bladeless, the later leaf which is bladed and sword shaped, or linear, grows during the winter wet season, and is necessary for the development of the new corm.
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