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Elvira Hardy Gladiolus

SKU: AM018865
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Enjoyed for its hardiness and smaller, more adaptable size than traditional Glads, ‘Elvira’ Hardy Gladiolus is not only great for the garden, but terrific as a strong accent in a cut flower bouquet! This charming flower will accent your containers, flower beds, and vases with elegant orchid-like blossoms in the softest pink – each one marked with rosy red on their lower petals. Sword-like foliage enhances the blossoms, which open slowly from the base of the spike, attracting pollinators and hummingbirds.
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Botanical Name
Gladiolus nanus 'Elvira'
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Hardiness Zone
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Deer Resistant, Easy To Grow, Cut Flowers, Container Planting
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
12-18" tall
Bloom Time
Late spring to late summer


(12-18” tall x 4-6” wide) ‘Elvira’ Hardy Gladiolus has the charm, hardiness, and compact size needed to liberally utilize it throughout the sunny garden. The sword-like foliage will emerge first, creating low vertical accents in the spring garden, followed by tall flowering spikes with 6-8 blossoms in summer that open slowly from the bottom up. Planting denser groups of ‘Elvira’ Hardy Gladiolus makes a stronger impact than dotting individual corms around the garden. Plant them 6 inches deep at a rate of 12 per foot in average to sandy, well-drained soils. In containers, consider pairing with a low-growing filler to enhance the effect of those beautiful spikes. For gardeners in zones colder than their range, the corms can be brought inside and stored in slightly dampened sawdust in the winter. Otherwise, cut back the stems, mulch well, and look forward to years of enjoyment as the corms will increase with time. Mulching corms in autumn and ensuring they are sited in well-drained soil will allow this Gladiolus to stretch to  the ends of its hardiness limits.