Elvira Hardy Gladiolus

Hardy Gladiolus ‘Elvira’ is a cold hardy Gladiola that blooms with attractive light pink petals with red markings. A bit taller than other G. nana types, she mixes nicely into the perennial border.
Zones5 - 8
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Easy to Grow
Good for Containers
Good for Cut Flowers
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size12-18" tall
Bulb Spacing12 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom TimeMid summer until frost
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SizeBag of 25

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Hardy Gladiolus ‘Elvira’ is a cold hardy Gladiola that blooms with attractive light pink petals with red markings. A bit taller than other G. nanatypes, she mixes nicely into the perennial border.
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Common Name
Elvira Hardy Gladiolus
Botanical Name
Gladiolus nanus Elvira
Item Package Size
Bag of 25
5, 6, 7, 8
Flower Color
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Bloom Time
Mid - Late Summer, Early - Mid Fall, Mid - Late Fall
Bloom Time
Mid summer until frost
18 inches
Mature Height
12-18" tall
Bulb Spacing
12 bulbs per sq. ft.
Flower Bulb Size
10 cm
Planting Depth
Plant 6" deep
Soil Type
Average Soil
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Easy to Grow, Good for Containers, Good for Cut Flowers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Additional Information
Cold hardy in zones 5-8.
Item Quantity Number
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Ships To Canada
Planting Guides

Summer Blooming Bulbs, including popular varieties such as gladiolus and dahlias, are planted in the spring and bloom in the summer. Most of these bulbs are tropical and require warm weather to be planted. There must not be any danger of frost and your ground temperature must have reached 55 degrees Fahrenheit before planting. Many of our summer blooming bulbs can be planted as perennials in zones 9-10 (zone 8 if mulched), but should be treated as annuals in cooler climates. You can lift them and store them in the fall, or bring patio pots inside before frost. See page 15 of our Planting Guide for a bulb depth planting illustration.

Growing Gladiolus: After spring frosts are over, plant the gladiolus corms (bulbs) in your flower bed wherever you want brilliant color in mid-summer. Gladiolus take very little space in the garden and can easily be planted between other plants. After planting, keep the bulbs watered regularly. Soon you’ll have bright sword-like foliage and brilliant blooms. Gladiolus corms are inexpensive, and provide excellent color for the cost. As frost threatens, you can just forget them, and replace them with new bulbs next growing season, or dig up the corms and store them in a cool try place until the following spring.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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