Plantidote of the Day 2011-08-24
The sword lily, Gladiolus, is full sun, hardy zone 7-10 but shows up in other zones annually with bulbs pulled during the winter.
Birth flower for the month of August (ie: Me!) Flower of the Gladiators. Strength of character, sincerity, generosity, are traits symbolized in the Gladiolus.
260 species, all kinds of hybrids, beautiful and elegant, and everywhere.
Summer is fading early here in NJ. Glads to hold it here just a bit longer.
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