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Acidanthera bicolor

Peacock flower

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to September
  • Height0.4m to 1m
  • Spread1m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourWhite, purple-brown
  • Leaf ColourMedium green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Acidanthera bicolor (Peacock flower). This species will produce orchid-like flowers which are white; they have distinctive purple-brown markings at the base of the petals. They are very fragrant and will not bloom until the autumn, which gives late season interest.

Synonymous with Gladiolus murielae.

Characteristics

Perennial, Bulb, Fragrant

Other common names

Abyssinian gladiolus

Origin

Ethiopia

Interest and use

Border, cutting bed, fragrance, borders

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Loamy, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 8.5
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

Needs staking.

Propagation

You should divide the cormlets in the spring and pot up separately. Grow the plants from seeds, and it will take 2 to 3 years to flower.

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