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Gladiolus tristis

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gladiolus (GLAD-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: tristis (TRIS-tis) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive M_Bond On Mar 4, 2006, M_Bond from Belmont, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

In the San Francisco Bay Area, Gladiolus tristis begans blooming in mid-February, and is almost over by mid-March. It is only scented at night and into the early morning, but scents the entire garden. I also love to cut them and keep them in my bedroom because of their wonderful scent. These also reproduce on their own rapidly, and I have had to give away quite a few corms. This is a very easy to grow, beautiful plant.

Positive jermainiac On Oct 11, 2003, jermainiac from Seattle, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Native to S. Africa. Fragrant, creamy to yellow flowers veined with purple. Blooms in late spring. No water in summer. Begin watering early fall. Likes well drained soil. Interesting shoots rotate as they grow, producing a twist in the stems. Tend to be floppy. Should be supported.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cypress, California
Irvine, California
Lafayette, California
Redwood City, California
Richmond, California
San Francisco, California
Houston, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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