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Peacock Orchid (Gladiolus acidanthera)

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Peacock Orchid delivers graceful, white orchid-like flowers with star-shaped, merlot-colored centers. Extremely easy to grow, these beautiful blooms produce a sweet scent, adding a delicate allure to both gardens and bouquets. Hardy in Zones 7-10, Peacock Orchids are considered annuals in all other zones, but can be lifted and stored for the following year. (Gladiolus acidanthera)
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Botanical Name
Gladiolus acidanthera, Gladiolus callianthus
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Deer Resistant, Easy To Grow, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Container Planting
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
18-24" tall
Bloom Time
Mid summer until frost


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, gardening  in Stratford, CT