August Birth Month Flower - Gladiolus

Tall and elegant, with sword shaped leaves, gladiolas comes in many different colors and varieties.  Most originate from southern Africa, though there are a few varieties from Europe and Asia.  The name “gladiolas” comes from the latin “gladius”, which means sword.

The gladiolas is a member of the Iris family.  It grows well in sandy loam, but can tolerate a variety of soils.  It prefers a slightly acidic soil, and cannot overwinter outdoors if the temperature drops below freezing.


Gladiolas represent strength of character and moral integrity.  Given in a bouquet, they represent infatuation and that the receiver has pierced the giver’s heart like a sword.

It also can stand for splendid beauty, admiration, sincerity, and generosity.