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Painted Lady

Gladiolus carneus

Also known as

Flags, Bergpypie (Afr.)

Gladiolus carneus Kleinmond Oct 2013 (2) by Andrew massyn (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Gladiolus carneus flower
Gladiolus carneus flower
Gladiolus carneus flower

Painted Lady Overview

This species of Gladiolus has one of the widests distributions in winter rainfall areas. The flowers are highly valued as it is pleasantly fragranced and is a great cut flower for floral arrangements. This species is a must have for any garden enthusiast as it is very easy to grow.

Common problems with Painted Lady

How to harvest Painted Lady

Harvest flowers in spring and early summer for floral arrangements. Harvest seeds when ripe and store them in a dry spot.

How to propagate Painted Lady


Sow seeds in autumn months before the first rains at a depth of 1 cm and space them 15 cm apart.


Divide the offsets during the dormant period and plant to a depth of 3 cm and space them 15 cm apart.

Special features of Painted Lady

Attracts useful insects

Attracts specific long tongued flies.

Drought resistant

This plant requires very little water.

Pot plant

This species is a great pot plant adding colour to any sunny spot.

Attractive flowers

Attractive tubular flowers grown on continuous flower stalks, usually with pretty markings on the bottom three petals.

Other uses of Painted Lady

Is suitable for cutting or for planting in mixed borders; most hybrids are also good for exhibition.

Cut flower