The common names for the Hardy half-hardy Acidanthera bulb include Abyssinian, Abyssinian sword lily, Fragrant gladiolus, and Sword Lily. It typically flowers from late summer to autumn. Some common varieties include Acidanthera bicolor and Acidanthera murielea;it is also commonly refered to as Gladiolus callianthus.
Abyssinian sword lily is native to Africa.
Acidanthera carry sword shaped leaves with long pointed white flowers, with a brown centre.
G.A. Cooper @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Abyssinian Sword Lily photograph by Living in Monrovia.
Acidanthera bicolor - (Gladiolus Callianthus) picture by audreyjm529
It is best to plant Acidanthera bulbs at a depth of 9 to 15 cm, and a spacing that is 15 to 30 cm apart in the late spring. Sword lilies prefers light and should be grown in areas that receive full sunlight.
The soil should be well drained. Sword lilies requires regular watering during the growing season an monthly feeds of liquid fertiliser.
Acidanthera bicolor and similar plants requires between 30 to 90 days for germination at a temperature of 10 to 13 degrees Celsius.
If growing the plant indoors for later transplanting then it should be sown in the spring.
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