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Acidanthera Murielae

Peacock Lily, Abyssinian Gladiolus, Sword Lily

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Cultural and Growing Info is provided below.

Sweetly Scented
Fragrant, star-shaped white flowers. Each flower center is imprinted with deep burgundy. Blossoms gracefully nod on tall stems cradled above sword-shaped upright foliage. Acidanthera Murielae creates a lovely late season addition to the sunny border. *NOTE: Bulbs will need to be lifted in fall in zones 3-6.



Plant Type Bulbs


Height Medium 24-36"

Spacing Plant 5" apart

Bloom Time Late Summer to Early Fall

Sun / Shade Full Sun

Zones 3-10

Soil Type Normal

Sold In Bags of 10

Special Features

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Fragrant
  • OK in Containers

Acidanthera General Information

Acidanthera with its upright, sword-like foliage blooms in late summer to early fall. Fragrant flowers open when many other perennials are beginning their winter decline. Many common names are associated with this summer-blooming bulb in the Gladiolus family: Peacock Lily, Abyssinian Gladiolus, Sword Lily and Gladiolus murielae. Well suited to container growing. Acidanthera will only last one year (except in zones 7-10) but can be lifted and stored over the winter in colder zones. Here are Instructions for doing that. Our Acidanthera are guaranteed to reach you in good condition and to grow, but our guarantee does not cover winter losses.

Acidanthera Plant Care

Hardy in Zones 7-10. Acidanthera should be grown in full sun with warm, well-drained soil. With clay soil, amend or grow Acidanthera in containers. Acidanthera can be started indoors four to six weeks before the frost-free outdoor planting date if desired, then transferred outside when danger of frost has subsided - around the same time you plant your tomatoes. In containers, plant the corms a little closer approximately 3” apart. Plant large corms 5” apart and 5-6” deep, smaller corms 4” deep. Acidanthera will return next year in zones 7-10, but corms can be lifted, overwintered, and replanted in zones 3-6 by following these Instructions. Allow the foliage to yellow before cutting it back.

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We offer a 100% guarantee for all our accent annuals and bulbs to reach you in good condition and come up. If you're not satisfied, we'll reship or refund immediately. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns—we share your passion for gardening and want your new plants to thrive in your border!

Shipping Details

We ship accent annuals and bulbs based on the best planting time for your growing zone (see the approximate dates below), unless otherwise indicated at checkout. If you wish, you can indicate a specific ship date during checkout.

Spring-Planted Accent Annuals

  • Zone 3, 4: Early to Mid May
  • Zone 5: Late April to Early May
  • Zone 6: Mid to Late April
  • Zone 7: Early to Mid April
  • Zone 8: Late March to Early April
  • Zone 9, 10: Late March

Fall-Planted Bulbs

  • Zone 2, 3, 4: Early September
  • Zone 5: Early to Mid September
  • Zone 6: Mid September
  • Zone 7: Mid to Late September
  • Zone 8, 9, 10: Late September to Early October

Holiday Bulbs

  • Early November through mid December