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Peacock Orchid gets its name from graceful, orchid-like flowers that have a lovely sweet scent. It is extremely easy to grow and will add delicate allure to gardens and bouquets. Also known as gladiolus acidanthera. Hardy in Zones 7-10, it's considered an annual in all other zones, that can be lifted and stored for the following year.

Zones 7 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Containers
Containers
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 18-24" tall
Bulb Spacing9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Mid summer until frost
Size Bag of 25 - Bulb Size: 8 cm
SKU 21BULB25
Peacock Orchid Bulbs, also known as Gladiolus Acidanthera, are an absolute knock-out in the garden. They are extremely easy to grow and their display and blooms are some of the most exotic anywhere.

The name says it all. Like a peacock, these exquisite flowers will rise above the foliage and open like spectacular rare orchids. If you cut them, your arrangement will be absolutely spectacular. Many a gardener has tried this one and become totally addicted to growing it. Your neighbors have never seen it, and they'll never know that all you had to do was stick a few bulbs into the dirt, to have this incredible beauty in your garden. Enjoy!

From a gardener who's grown it: 'I planted ten corms in semi-frozen ground in early March of 2002. The soil and sun conditions varied from poor sandy soil with almost full sun to semi-rich soil in almost full shade. Regularly treated the soil with fertilizer every 2 weeks. None of the corms had sprouted by late spring, so I continued planting around them, figuring that the planting was mis-timed and the corms had died. In early summer, over a 3-week period, all of the corms sprouted. In mid-August, when the plants had reached anywhere from 18'-24', they began to flower. BEAUTIFUL, and with a nice (almost cologne-like) aroma. Blooms kept appearing until late October. Although this plant cannot survive the winters here in Zone 6b, they are SO easy to grow that I plant them every year (basically treating them as an annual). It seems that EVERY corm that I plant sprouts, so there's no guesswork involved.'.....from a subscriber to DavesGarden.com, gardening in Stratford, CT

SKU 21BULB25
Common Name Peacock Orchid
Botanical Name Gladiolus acidanthera or Gladiolus callianthus
Zones 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color White
Mature Height 18-24" tall
Bulb Size 8 cm
Bulb Spacing 9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 3-4" deep
Bloom Time Mid summer until frost
Days to Bloom 60-100 days after planting
Plant Type / Life Cycle Annual
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow, Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Containers, Extended Blooms
Additional Information Hardy in Zones 7-10. Can be grown as annuals in zones 2-6.
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Yes
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Us vs. The Big Box Store: Gladiolus Bulbs

Gladiolus Bulb Comparison

Each season, we head over to the big box store in our area and choose several Bulbs, Plants and Seeds to compare against our selection. This spring, we purchased 50 Gladiolus Bulbs to compare and the difference is quite revealing.

I’d like to start out by mentioning the difference in shopping experiences. I walked into the big box store and headed straight to the back, where I knew the garden section was. I walked through aisles of grills, patio sets and annual hanging baskets until I found someone to speak with. They quickly answered the phone and I waited several more minutes until I could ask, "Do you know where the Gladiolus Bulbs are?" They weren’t sure what I meant and finally an entire wall of Summer-Blooming Bulbs caught my eye. I chose their "Gladiolus Mix" bag of 50, which most resembled our Gladiolus Rainbow Mix, which we also carry in a bag of 50 bulbs.

When you shop on our site, we have a wealth of information on growing and caring for Gladiolus at your fingertips, as well as an extremely helpful and knowledgeable garden staff, several of which are certified Master Gardeners. We not only want you to have success in growing our products, but also want you to feel confident in everything you plant – Which is why we focus so intently on how-to information as well as have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We urge our customers to write reviews on our products, positive or negative, so you know what grows well in different areas and what doesn't. We also offer live chat and service over the phone 6 days a week, offering growing advice as well as helping to place orders.

This photo also helps to show the true difference between us and the Big Box Stores. Brian, one of our employees and garden-enthusiasts helps to explain why a bigger flower bulb is better.

"Several flower bulbs are part of the onion family, and because of this I like to use Onions as a representation of how important bulb size is. Which of the onions on your shelf go bad first? The smallest ones! Larger onions are more resilient, taking longer to dry out/rot and can withstand swings in temperature better. Flower bulbs are the same. Larger bulbs will withstand disease, draught, large amounts of moisture, and colder temperatures significantly better than the smaller ones. They also produce taller growth and larger blooms."

With American Meadows, you’re not only getting access to our thirty years of gardening experience, but are also receiving the largest, highest-quality bulbs available, inevitably producing larger, healthier blooms in your garden. Happy Gardening!

Further Reading:

All orders will be shipped the week of May 31st.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsPeacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera
 
4.3

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (16)
  • Accurate instructions (14)
  • Fragrant (11)
  • Healthy (10)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (14)
  • Outdoors (8)
  • Patio (7)
  • Pool area (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (16), Getting started (4)
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    • Personal (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic

These have a lovely form: 3-4' high green stalks with their nodding white blooms with deep purple in the center. Perfect for late bloom.

These have a lovely form: 3-4' high green stalks with their nodding white blooms with deep purple in the center. Perfect for late bloom.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Peacock Orchids a yawn

i planted these two-deep along the fence by the pool in good morning/early afternoon sunlight. about half of the 50 bulbs have flowered, but at various times, so there has never been...Read complete review

i planted these two-deep along the fence by the pool in good morning/early afternoon sunlight. about half of the 50 bulbs have flowered, but at various times, so there has never been a grouping. the flowers are pretty but small and not at all flashy as they were described.

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5.0

Amazing in Containers

By 

from Bend, OR

About Me Avid Gardener

Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

These were in my flower pots on my deck. They smelled amazing. I slid out the faded blooms and it helped them continue to get taller and bloom all summer. Great purchase.

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  • Personal
 
5.0

Showstopper!

By 

from Missouri

About Me Master Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

    I have tried growing tese before and rarely even had life (usually as freebies from oter companies). I was stunned at the height, prolific blooms, longlasting displayt. WELL worth the having to raise and store them over winter!

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    • Personal
     
    2.0

    Peacock Orchids a yawn

    By 

    from naples, florida

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Arrived Quickly

    Cons

    • Small Flowers
    • Some Still Hv Not Bloomed

    Best Uses

    • Pool Area

    Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

    i planted these two-deep along the fence by the pool in good morning/early afternoon sunlight. about half of the 50 bulbs have flowered, but at various times, so there has never been a grouping. the flowers are pretty but small and not at all flashy as they were described.

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    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Lovely, but rabbits think so too

    By 

    from Linwood, NJ

    About Me Getting Started

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive

    Cons

    • Delicious To Rabbits

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

    I planted these in 2 different parts of my garden. I only got blooms from a few, because rabbits ate so much of the greenery. Next time I think I would plant them in pots so I could elevate them and save them from rampant lagomorphs. They are very pretty and delicate-looking.

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    2.0

    Almost no scent this year.

    By 

    from Tustin Michigan

    About Me Master Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Hardy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

      Almost no scent this year.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Love these!

      By 

      from Wiscosnin

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Fragrant
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        I bought these and planted them along the sidewalk going up to our front door. Everyone who stopped over last year said how jealous they were - and i've ordered more!
        I crossing my fingers they might come back this year, but Wisconsin had a semi-hard winter so I gave up on that hope pretty quickly.
        Reordered & will be replanting as soon as they get here!!

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        5.0

        Awesome

        By 

        from Atlanta, GA

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        Got as tall as my regular gladiolas, which surprised me, and had a longer blooming time than expected.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic

        By 

        from Haverhill, MA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Late Blooming
        • Long blooming
        • Lovely blooms

        Cons

        • Tender

        Best Uses

        • Mix In Perennial Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        These have a lovely form: 3-4' high green stalks with their nodding white blooms with deep purple in the center. Perfect for late bloom.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Stunningly beautiful but very thirsty

        By 

        from North Shore of Boston

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        It's not a very practical flower for the rocky shores of the northeast coast- besides needing to be kept in moist soil the tubers need to be taken out over the winter - but treated as an annual they bloom through August and look spectacular .

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        • No
         
        5.0

        Eye-Catching Flowers!

        By 

        from Cambridge, VT

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • BEAUTIFUL
        • Elegant
        • No Effort To Grow
        • Showy
        • Unique

        Cons

        • Not As Fragrant As Wanted

        Best Uses

        • Accents Your Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        The flowers are quite gorgeous and bloom for a while. They really grab your attention. Not quite as fragrant as I would have liked, but not a problem since they are so beautiful. Easy -- just plant the bulbs and they do the rest.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        This flower is delicate and beautiful

        By 

        from Salem, OR

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        These flowers are so unusual for a gladioli. Quite elegant and unlike anything I have ever grown.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Magnificent, fragrant flowers

        By 

        from Silver Spring, MD

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        I have these planted in a container on a hot, fifteenth-floor rooftop. They are performing splendidly. They are fragrant all day and night (unlike most summer-blooming white flowers), sturdy, beautiful. I may have to exercise some caution when winter comes, because the bulbs are not in the ground.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Really Attractive

        By 

        from Humboldt County CA

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        Grows and blooms quickly. I use them around taller plants that will bloom later in the season.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        2.0

        Not sure what went wrong

        By 

        from Connecticut

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        I bought 100 peacock orchids in the spring of 2013. They bloomed beautifully last summer, but not one even grew this year.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        3 years no blooms

        By 

        from Pacific Northwest

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        Small yard, acid soil and several microclimates. Tried in moist bed partial sun, and full sun bed that can be dry or fully draining. Just green leaves. Only American Meadows purchase that didn't flourish.

        Looking at positive reviews, I would recommend with reservations.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great addition to garden

        By 

        from Boulder, CO

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Long lasting bloom

        Cons

        • Leggy At End Of Bloomtime

        Best Uses

        • Adds Great Fall Interest

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        Loved the long slender foliage. It added grace to the garden followed by the not so common blooms. Received many comments about the flower.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Grew well, nice flowers, stayed blooming

        By 

        from Lansing, Michigan area

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        These grew very well in a spot where Dutchman's Pipe roots probably sap a lot of water and nutrients. They got direct sun about half the day. The flowers really are like the pictures, and they bloomed into September here in lower Michigan. I think there would have been longer continuous blooms but one of our household cut flowers from them a lot, cutting the upper third of the stalk (not the best approach). On that note, the flowers do keep surprisingly long in a vase indoors. Really an all-around great little discovery. We'll be getting more.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        tall beauties

        By 

        from Wilmington DE

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy growing
        • Fragrant
        • Lasts Into Fall

        Cons

        • Taller than expected

        Best Uses

        • Back Of Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        Still in bloom now (October)! These are beautiful, but I didn't realize how tall they'd be. Make sure you put them towards the back of your garden. I will be moving them next year.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great show

        By 

        from On this computer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attracts Butterflies
        • Beautiful blooms
        • Exotic
        • Looks Exactly The Same

        Cons

        • Lacked Fragrance

        Best Uses

        • Bunch Together
        • Plant In Sequence

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        I ordered the peacock orchids based upon customer reviews and I was not disappointed. These looked exactly like the picture and they really drew interest to my flower garden. They bloomed for about 8-12 weeks and I must have looked at them every single day - very enjoyable.

        I could not discern any discernible scent, but I was visited by butterflies, hummingbirds and bees that love nectar...so I would have to say that the wildlife approved. So far, I've been very happy with everything that I purchase from American Meadows and quite frankly, it's nice to have something in my flower garden that the neighbors have never seen. I'm a newbie at flower gardening and I have a neighbor that is a PRO, but my Peacock Orchids caused a few cars to slow down as they drove past the front yard. I was extraordinarily pleased. Don't judge me (lol).

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Peacock Orchid Blubs

        By 

        from Norcross, Georgia

        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

        Very tall and Showy. I used these as container bulbs and they came out really spectacular! Tall and showy mixed with caladiums and other bulbs. This was a winner. Will be ordering more of these next year...for sure....

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Lovely

        By 

        from Upstate NY

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Grouped Closely Together

            Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

            Nice in planters with the Dahlias, but should have grouped them closer for full effect. Sweet, delicate smell.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Pretty flower

            By 

            from Northern NJ

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

            Very pretty flower with many blooms per plant. Only drawback is that the flowers don't last very long.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Makes a simple garden more showy!

            By 

            from Pleasanton California

            Pros

            • Beautiful Easy to grow

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

                I planted these flowers in a simple corner garden. They flourished and the flowers looked like white origami birds floating on the summer air. I can't say a bad word about them, Easy to grow and care for - they take very little work, just water, throw some fertilizer on the ground once and awhile and enjoy the show. Bees love them, and I have spotted a hummer or two showing interest in what these flowers offered.

                If you are a Gardner at heart you will love these flowers.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                I will buy this product again and again

                By 

                from MA

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Great along stone walls

                    Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

                    Everyone loves these flowers. Since we are in a zone that does not allow them to come back year after year we need to replant them every spring. We are always looking forward in the fall for these flowers to bloom.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Wow!

                    By 

                    from Minneapolis, MN

                    Pros

                    • Delicately showy
                    • Easy care
                    • Prolific

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Large grouping

                      Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

                      I planted all 25 bulbs in a group along the walk in my back yard. This really showed off the delicate beauty of these plants.

                       
                      1.0

                      Didn't Bloom!

                      By 

                      from Escondido, CA

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

                      Perhaps I planted these in a less than ideal spot, but I didn't get any blooms this year.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Beautiful and Elegant

                      By 

                      from San Leandro, CA

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

                      I think only about half my bulbs came up, but I was rather remiss about watering for a while and we had a cold late start to summer.
                      The ones that did bloom, however, made it all worth it! These were delicate and exotic looking, helping bridge the gap between the iris season and the hybrid gladioli. Elegant and sophisticated looking. If they don't come back next year, I'll probably make a habit of replanting these.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Truly Outstanding!

                      By 

                      from Round Lake Beach, IL

                      Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

                      I grew these in a large pot on my porch and when I would sit out there and read, I was surrounded by the most heavenly fragrance! You don't have to stick your face into the blooms to smell them either; they're so fragrant, they permiate the air. Wonderful, and I would recommend them to anyone!
                      The only thing for me was I didn't know how to save the bulbs in the autumn. I tried vermiculite, sphagnum moss and dirt; nothing saved them. Anybody know??

                       
                      5.0

                      Fantastic, but overlooked annual

                      By 

                      from Delaware

                      Pros

                      • Beautiful long-blooming
                      • Fragrant

                      Cons

                      • May need staking

                      Best Uses

                      • Mixed bed cut flowers

                      Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

                      a must-have flower for my garden

                       
                      5.0

                      Gorgeous Flowers!

                      By 

                      from Buffalo, New York

                      About Me Avid Gardener, Casual Hobbyist

                      Pros

                      • Low Maintenance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Cut Flowers
                        • Indoor Pots

                        Comments about American Meadows Peacock Orchid Bulbs or Gladiolus acidanthera:

                        i am very happy with all of the products i have ordered

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