Standard Gladiola, Jester-10 Corms

Quick Overview


I love this glad! The yellow blossoms of Jester are always kissed with a sizable blush of vivid orange. This is a truly beautiful glad with exceptionally large individual flowers. It is hardy from Hardiness Zones 8-10. This flower ALWAYS makes you smile. There are 10 corms per package.

Standard Gladiola, Jester

Few flowers provide the opulence, color range and length of bloom time that the gladiolas do. The name, gladiolus,comes from the Latin word, gladius, which means sword and refers to the shape of the plant’s leaves. Today’s hybrids, almost exclusively, come from species gladioli native to South Africa and the surrounding regions, but there are varieties of gladioli that are native to Southern Europe and the Mediterranean area, and there is one very rare variety, G.illyricus, that is native to Great Britain.

Of all the gladioli, from the various regions and climates, G. dalenii, is the most important. It is native to Zimbabwe, specifically the area around Victoria Falls, and was introduced into Great Britain in 1904. It is the plant from which most of today’s cultivars were developed.

Gladioli grew in popularity throughout the 19th century and became a much beloved cut flower and an essential part of the Victorian cutting garden. It was so much appreciated by gardeners and homemakers, that it was used everywhere. In fact, it became the flower of choice in most funeral floral displays. Sadly, this popularity in funereal bouquets had a tremendously negative effect. Over the years, gardeners began to associate gladioli with death. Instead of bringing joy into the hearts and minds of all who observed the incredible blossoms, the sight of gladiola flowers created great sadness because people associated them with death and the loss of loved ones.

For nearly a century, gladiolas disappeared from the world’s cutting gardens. Then, in the 1980s, gladiolas began to increase in popularity. This change in regard to gladiolas was the result of a change in the cultural traditions associated with funerals. Once it became the tradition to donate to charity in the name of the deceased rather than purchase flowers for the funeral, gladioli disappeared from funerals. It took nearly two generations, but eventually humanity no longer associated the flower with death. By the 1980s enough years had passed and gardeners had, once again, fallen in love with this incredible plant. They began to include gladiolus in their gardens. 

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