Alternate names: Previously Acidanthera bicolor or Acidanthera murielae, Gladiolus murielae, Abyssinian Sword Lily, Abyssinian Star, Fragrant Gladiolus
Origin: East Africa
Flowering Season: Summer.
Plant Size: 60cm H x 20- 30cm W (clump).
Peacock Orchids, or Gladiolus
Growing peacock orchids is not as hard as the name suggests, they are, easy to grow and produce one of the most beautiful flowers in a summer garden.
Prefers a well drained, friable soil. Natural rainfall should suffice. Supplement water during dry spells.
Dig ground over with animal compost or a commercial product before planting.
Lifting and storage:
Can be either left in the ground to form abundant clumps, or be lifted and stored late autumn in a dry, airy place until replanting in winter or spring. All lifted corms must be dried quickly to avoid soft rot.
Peacock Orchids have a delightful fragrance. They make ideal cut flowers. The small bulblets that form around the main corm, if separated and replanted, will produce lovely flowers in their first season.