Peacock Orchid (Gladiolus murielae) in the Gladiolus Database

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Botanical names:
Gladiolus murielae Accepted
Acidanthera murielae Synonym
Acidanthera bicolor Synonym
Gladiolus callianthus Synonym

Also sold as:
Acidanthera bicolor 'Murielae'
Gladiolus 'Murieliae'
Acidanthera callianthus

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Plant Height: 2 to 3 feet (60-90 cm)
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bi-Color: White/maroon center
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Corm
Uses: Cut Flower
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

With Crocosmia 'Emberglow'

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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Apr 16, 2014 7:54 PM

Assuming that what I grow is in fact G. murielae, much of the literature underestimates its potential height. Last year was my first growing these, and in full sun and rich sandy loam my plants easily exceeded 4 feet in height. As recommended, I kept the soil constantly moist.
Some, but not all corms, flowered as Crocosmia 'Emberglow' reached its peak bloom. The pure white in the flowers works well with scarlet red. Bloom stalks continued to appear right up to first frost, at which point I cut them down and lifted them for winter storage. As 2013 was my first year growing these, I don't know whether this bloom cycle will occur again this year. As of a few days ago, all corms had overwintered well, stored in a box of peat in the basement. A bonus is the numerous white, pea-sized cormels they produced!

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Posted by Oberon46 (Anchorage, AK - Zone 4b) on Nov 14, 2011 12:01 PM

I have had these for two years and they are really lovely. The bloom sort of hangs on the end of a slightly downward facing short stem from the main branch, but the flowers show up well. It is so delicate and unusual.

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Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Nov 3, 2012 5:10 PM

A fellow ATP member sent me 2 little bulbs of this around 1 yr. ago. I planted them & they did not show any green shoots until late spring this year when the leaves shot up quickly to 2 - 2.5 feet. It has been an agreeable, easy care plant. Today I got the first bloom open on them. Lovely! And the fragrance! The fragrance is so heady & not the type that you have to literally stick your nose into the flower to smell it. There are 2 more buds coming along. I can't wait!

Thank you, Charlene, for gifting me with these!

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on May 31, 2013 8:23 PM

I purchase these little bulbs every year. They have the most lovely smell.
Planted closely in the center of a large pot, they give vertical presence, much like the popular spike, and they also produce a fragrant flower in the latter part of the summer.

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Plant Events from our members
jmorth On July 26, 2014 Bloomed
piksihk On October 31, 2017 Bloomed
One bloom- transplanted to frt bed/master, dining window, and side front- WG
piksihk On November 30, 2015 Bloomed
in blue container
piksihk On September 22, 2014 Bloomed
one bloom
piksihk On June 14, 2014 Plant emerged
piksihk On May 1, 2014 Obtained plant
planted front bed/east end
thequeen770 On March 18, 2017 Obtained plant
End of season bulb purchase from pikes or walmart
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