Fun facts about the glorious gladiolus

Updated: Aug 1, 2020

Gladiolus means sword in Latin and relates to the history of the flower. Where the fighting gladiators were buried under the gladiolus after each victory in the Roman times. Even now athletes are rewarded with gladiolus when they reach their goal. In August we all share the same goal by overcoming the 3rd wave of the corona virus and that's exactly why we have picked the gladiolus as flower of the month.

Color your day and moods with this glorious flower

The gladiolus features a tall, striking stalk of blooms, and proudly fills the summer with beautiful, bright colors. Personally I've fallen in love with the gladiolus many years ago back in my hometown Amsterdam. The iconic flowers literally colored my days and the interior of my tiny studio. Now it brings a piece of home to Hong Kong and that gives me strength during these challenging COVID-19 times.

Some fun facts we bet you did not know about gladioli

1. Name it – As mentioned above here the gladiolus is named for their sword shaped appearance. Gladioli have also been called xiphium, which comes from the Greek word, xiphios, which also means sword. In addition to the name gladiolus, the flowers have been referred to as sword or corn lilies.

2. Flower power – Today the gladiolus only appears as a decorative flower in gardens and bouquets, but back in the days were gladiolus plants often used for medicinal purposes. For example, the English used the stem base as a bandage and to extract thorns or splinters. In the Mediterranean were the stem base, also known as corms, powdered and mixed with goat’s milk to soothe symptoms of colic. However, parts of the gladiolus, are poisonous if eaten, and certain species cause irritation or allergic reaction when handled.

3. The more, the merrier – Originally only about seven varieties of gladiolus existed naturally in South Africa. From these seven original species, more than 10,000 cultivars (or cultivated varieties) of the gladiolus exist today. This means gardeners today can pick nearly any variety of the plant imaginable. Gladioli are available in varied heights, sizes, types of blooms, colors of blooms, and patterns of blooms. There is a gladiolus to complement every garden and every bouquet out there.

4. Say it with flowers– With a gladiolus, you do not need to include a card expressing your feelings because the plant itself carries and imparts symbolic meaning to the recipient. Gladioli express strength of character, remembrance, faithfulness, and moral integrity. The gladiolus, hence its name, is also meant to pierce the heart of the recipient, conveying infatuation. Additional meaning can be conveyed through color choice, using the standard symbolism of flower color from the Victorian era. Red typically conveys passion, white expresses purity, and yellow often means friendship.

5. One of a kind – Although the gladiolus is a perennial flower, which can be dug up and stored through winter in cold climates, the flower does not have a true bulb, as other perennials do. The gladiolus bulb is called a corm.

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Order now the special offer and cheer up yourself or some else with a bunch of gladioli.

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