- Flowering Time
- Planting Time
- Needs Winter Protection
- RHS Recommended
- Award of Garden Merit
- Perfect For
- Flowering Height
- 80 cm
- Bulb Size
- 10/+ cm
- Whites & Creams
- Reds & Burgundy
Gladiolus Callianthus Murielae
The sleek, understated sister of Gladioli, Acidanthera ‘Callianthus Murialae’ oozes elegance and refinement. Shapely white petals encircle a star-shaped maroon centre, and the blooms are skirted by long, lithe leaves. In addition to stylish form, ‘Callianthus Murialae’ is enveloped in a cloud of captivating fragrance, with a heady, tantalising scent. Acidanthera make superb cut flowers to be savoured in your home as well as your garden, bringing their grace and exquisite perfume to your floral arrangements. Despite a delicate appearance, this variety proves remarkably resilient and reliable, and has thus been granted a prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit.
To cultivate Acidanthera, known as the Abyssinian gladiolus or peacock lily, choose a sheltered spot which receives full sun, with well-drained fertile soil.
Plant corms 10cm deep, spaced 20cm apart in the soil in drifts for best effect.
Although Acidanthera can tolerate some drought, soil should ideally remain moderately moist at all times.
Feed with liquid plant food every two weeks to encourage flowering.
On heavy clay or ground which becomes waterlogged, we advise growing these fragrant beauties in large pots of rich compost.
In southern regions, Acidanthera should survive the winter months in the ground with the addition of an autumn mulch as they are hardy to -5°C. In most areas it is advisable to lift the corms and store in a frost-free place until the following spring.