Gladiolus Velvet Eye produces tall spires of luxurious royal purple flowers surrounded by sword-shaped leaves. The flower stalk typically grows to 100cm (40″) tall. This variety is so richly coloured it looks almost like a bearded iris, yet the flowers appear in a column up the stem, and they last for ages. Plant the plump little corms (bulbs) every two weeks from late winter to late May, and there will be a show of flowers from June to mid-September. Glads make excellent cut flowers.
Lift the corms at the end of the flowering period and keep them in a cool, dry, dark place until the following spring. Gladiolas are only winter hardy in Zones 8 to 10.