'ALEXANDRA THE GREAT' Sword Lily (Gladiolus dalenii x grandiflora 'alexandra the great')
The 'Alexandra the Great' gladiolus blooms in vertical rows of pristine, snow-white flowers. It is no wonder how these flowers received their prestigious and royal name, with stacks of trumpet shaped flowers and deep green foliage to follow. This cultivar has excellent tolerance to high temperatures under the sun but must be protected from winter frost. Spread planting over a longer period of time to have a longer late-summer bloom in the garden.
Gladiolus have been grown and loved by generations of gardeners. These summer-blooming bulbs produce elegant, 3-foot flower spikes with orchid-like blooms. They look spectacular in a vase and are suitable for growing in flower gardens, container gardens and even vegetable gardens.
Shade and Sun: Gladiolus grow best in full sun, but will also flower in partial shade.
Zone: Gladiolas are winter hardy in zones 8-10. In colder zones they can be grown as annuals or the corms may be dug up in the fall and stored indoors for replanting the next spring.
When to Plant: 'Alexandra the Great' corms may be planted from spring through early summer. The flowers bloom approximately 75 days after planting.