Gladiolus is a classic perennial known for its tall flower spikes. A great cutting flower named for the shape of their leaves, gladioli – from the Latin word “gladius,” meaning sword – have a history that spans from Africa to the Mediterranean.
The gladiolus flower symbolizes honor and remembrance, but It can also symbolize the following:
- Strength of character
- Faithfulness, sincerity and integrity
- Never giving up
This flower is said to have represented the Roman gladiators, Gladiolus is also known as the Sword Lily, due to its sword shaped leaves, or Corn Lily. The impressive flower spikes of Gladioli come in a wide array of beautiful colors, from bold orange and red to pastel blues, pinks and yellows
Interesting facts about Gladiolus
- An ancient name for the gladiolus was xiphium, from the Greek word xiphos, also meaning sword
- Most gladioli originated in Africa and Asia and were not known in Europe until between 1739 and 1745 when they were introduced by travelers following the Indian Trade Route
- The Mediterranean and British Gladiolus flowers were used to treat physical ailments.
- Some parts of the Gladiolus plant are poisonous if ingested and handling some species may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions.
- 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.
Gladiolus captures the heart and soul like no others with its impressive spike of flowers. Whether you choose a floral arrangement with similar colored gladioli or you prefer a rainbow of colors to impress your love, there is a gladiolus color for nearly every occasion.