These send up the typical Gladiolus sword-like cluster of light green leaves and then tall arching bronzy stems that have numerous slender green and mauve buds in early fall. These open into funnel-shaped blossoms that have a soft gray and dusty purple hue on the outside. It is the mothlike markings of maroon and gold that decorate the lower milky colored petal segments that give it its name.
Pronunciation: GLAD-ee-oh-lus pap-ILL-ee-oh
Species Meaning: Latin word meaning butterfly or moth
Gladiolus papilio is native to South Africa.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21247
Found in Pots,
Waiting to find its forever home in the garden.
We acquired this plant from Dancing Oaks.