Gladiolus 'Butterfly Mixed'
Gladiolus 'Butterfly Mixed'
Gladiolus 'Butterfly Mixed'

Gladiolus 'Butterfly Mixed'

Gladiolus 'Butterfly Mixed'

10 corms — £2.45

Order today, receive in May/early June
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Orders placed before 1 March 2024
You can expect your order in March 2024

Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
You can expect your order in March/April 2024

Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
You can expect your order within 10 business days

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Get set for a summer of surprises with Gladiolus 'Butterfly Mixed'. Plant these bulbs and look forward to the Pandora’s box of gorgeous colours which emerge! The best thing about mixes is that you get to enjoy a spectrum of shades which work together harmoniously, this makes it really easy to achieve satisfying results. Not only that, but watching each bloom burst open to reveal its colours and patterns is just so exciting. There are useful characteristics about butterfly gladioli in particular which are worth noting; Firstly, they are dwarf and quite stocky which means they’re strong, support themselves and work well in groups close to the front of a border. You can also grow them in containers. Secondly, despite being shorter in height, the flowers of Gladiolus 'Butterfly Mixed' are just as big and fabulous as taller types. Also, they have slightly ruffled petals which is glamorous, attractive and intriguing.

The upright stems of sword lilies like Gladiolus 'Butterfly Mixed' look great in any planting scheme, but especially in a traditional country or cottage-style garden. Their narrow habit makes them useful for slotting into narrow spaces between perennials to ensure your planting scheme is perfectly padded out for summer. It goes without saying, these butterfly gladioli make wonderful cut flowers and don’t require such a tall vase. Snip a mixed bunch to create an effortless boho bouquet! 

Butterfly gladioli get their name because of their frilled petals which makes the flowering spire of blooms look like a large company of these winged insects have gathered at one time. Real butterflies, along with other pollinators like bees, are attracted to gladioli, so this should make them feel right at home. It also gives the flower spire a soft look, definitely different to the more staid and stern look often associated with gladioli!

Developed from a cross between winter and summer hybrids, butterfly gladioli are hardier than some other varieties, and can be left in the ground in areas with milder winters, or dug out and stored in autumn in harsher climates. Shorter than the tall gladioli, butterfly glads also produce smaller blooms!

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • May need winter cover

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Gladiolus Butterfly Mixed Colours

  • Flower colour

    Red, orange, yellow, pink, cream

  • Corm size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    30 corms per m2

  • Leaf colour


  • Habit


  • Life cycle

    Short-lived perennial

  • Hardiness

    Half hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position


  • Suitable for

    Coastal gardens
    Gravel gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Cut flower Gardens
    Large containers

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented


  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Mouse resistant


  • Rabbit resistant


  • Deer resistant


  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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