GLADIOLI (glad-ee-oh-lee) (plural – Gladioli; singular – Gladiolus) is the official flower for the month of August. It symbolizes strength of character, faithfulness and honor & signifies remembrance.
Gladiolus (from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword) is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family (Iridaceae). Common names include “glads” and “sword lilies”, which refers to its leaves which are long, thin and pointed.
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 Long, thick stems display individual blossoms which range from 5 to 12cm in diameter.
Gladioli are a long lasting cut flower that are easy to take care of. Removal of the top few buds reduces spike curvature and promotes bud opening. Gladioli are robust flowers. In moderate temperatures, they can be stored dry for some time. Like Snapdragons, Gladiolus spikes tend to curve against the force of gravity. Keeping Gladiolus upright prevents spike curvature.
Vibrant colors provide contrast in designs. Mix with other spring flowers in arrangements or in hand-tied bouquets for a fresh, crisp, spring look. Glads are especially striking when arranged in a tall glass vase and popular use is as a “line” flower in arrangements. Mass display behind other flowers to emphasize height and beauty of blooms. Traditionally used in funeral arrangements but are now used in many different types of arrangements.