Exquisite flowers of Yellow-Green, suffused with dusky pink to slate-purple. The inside of the petals displays a stunning arrangement of blue anthers and purple and greenish yellow shading resembling the wings of a butterfly. 100 cm
Gladiolus papilio, I find, is a most intriguing plant, for the majority of the year, it will go unnoticed. However if placed so the flowers can be observed people just fall in love with it.
In spring narrow grey-green sword like foliage emerges from the corms below ground. By late summer into autumn stems up to a metre carry numerous nodding buds. These open to form an exquisite flower that on close inspection is fascinating. The back of the petals is a yellow-green shading suffused with dusky pink to slate-purple. Inside of these petals is a stunning arrangement of blue anthers held within a creamy heart. The lower lips are feathered and marked in purple and greenish yellow resembling the wings of a butterfly leading to its common name of "Butterfly sword lily". Just stunning!
Planted in well-drained soil in full sun Gladiolus papilio will increase freely, giving you pleasure for years to come.
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