Gladiolus Gladiolus 'Raspberry Sorbet' (S)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
sword lily 'Raspberry Sorbet'


The Gladiolus 'Raspberry Sorbet' is a striking flowering plant that boasts splendid blooms arranged on tall, prominent spikes. Its flowers display a vibrant raspberry-pink hue which can add a burst of color to any garden space. Notably, the blooms are quite large and generally trumpet-shaped, exuding a sense of elegance. The petals of the Gladiolus 'Raspberry Sorbet' have a ruffled appearance that contributes to their luxurious texture. With a gradient of colors, the petals often exhibit a blend from a lighter pink at the edges to a deeper, more intense pink or raspberry tone near the center. The throat of the flower, or the innermost part, may display a different shade or even a contrasting color, adding depth and dimension to the overall visual appeal. This plant's foliage is made up of sword-shape leaves that are bright green in color, providing a lush backdrop for the stunning floral display. The leaves are slender, and they radiate out from the base of the plant, creating a tufted, yet organized appearance that compliments the upright nature of the flowering spikes. In full bloom, the Gladiolus 'Raspberry Sorbet' can become the centerpiece of a garden, attracting the attention of onlookers and pollinators alike. The high-impact blooms make this plant an excellent choice for cut flower arrangements, due to their attractive colors and long-lasting nature once cut. Whether planted en masse, in rows, or as a part of mixed perennial borders, the 'Raspberry Sorbet' variety of Gladiolus offers a dazzling display that embodies the warm and joyful essence of summer gardens.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Sword Lily, Gladiola

    • Common names

      Gladiolus 'Raspberry Sorbet'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Gladiolus, including the 'Raspberry Sorbet' variety, is not considered highly toxic to humans. However, they do contain substances that can cause mild irritation or allergic reactions in some individuals. If ingested, parts of the gladiolus plant can potentially cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, drooling, and diarrhea. Contact with the skin can sometimes result in dermatitis.

    • To pets

      Gladiolus is known to be toxic to pets, especially cats and dogs. If a pet ingests any part of a gladiolus plant, it may experience symptoms like drooling, vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, and in severe cases, it can lead to an abnormal heart rhythm or convulsions. Immediate veterinary attention is recommended if a pet is suspected to have ingested gladiolus.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters)

    • Spread

      6-12 inches (15-30 centimeters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Gladiolus 'Raspberry Sorbet' adds a splash of vibrant pink to gardens, enhancing their visual interest.
    • Pollinator Attraction: This variety attracts bees and butterflies, aiding in the pollination of gardens.
    • Cut Flowers: The plant is excellent for cutting gardens, providing long-lasting blooms for indoor arrangements.
    • Vertical Interest: The tall spikes of flowers can add height and structure to garden beds or borders.
    • Color Variation: The Raspberry Sorbet variety offers a unique and bold color that can be used to create striking color schemes in the landscape.
    • Seasonal Bulbs: As a bulb, it can be planted seasonally and can multiply, offering more plants over time.
    • Easy to Grow: It is generally easy to cultivate and suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Event Decoration: The blooms are often used in events and ceremonies for their beauty and elegance.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Floral tattoos - Ink derived from Gladiolus flowers like 'Raspberry Sorbet' can be used to create natural and plant-based tattoo pigments for floral tattoo designs.
    • Eco-friendly confetti - Dried petals of the Gladiolus can be scattered as biodegradable confetti for weddings and other celebrations.
    • Natural dyes - The vibrant petals of the 'Raspberry Sorbet' variety can be used to produce natural dyes for fabric, yarn, and paper arts.
    • Scented sachets - Dried Gladiolus petals and leaves can be included in scented sachets to freshen up drawers and wardrobes with a subtle floral aroma.
    • Culinary decoration - Edible Gladiolus petals can be used to add a splash of color and elegance when decorating cakes and desserts.
    • Photography subject - Gladiolus flowers are photogenic and can serve as an exquisite subject for photographers, especially macro photography.
    • Crafting pressed flowers - The individual petals or whole flowers of the Gladiolus can be pressed and used in crafting, such as homemade greeting cards or bookmarks.
    • Performance art - Petals from the Gladiolus can be used by performance artists in installations or performances that incorporate botanical elements.
    • Botanical illustration - Gladiolus 'Raspberry Sorbet' presents a unique challenge for botanical illustrators due to its vibrant color and detailed structure.
    • Ice cubes - Freezing Gladiolus petals inside ice cubes can create an elegant and colorful addition to specialty cocktails or punches.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Gladiolus is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Gladiolus is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Strength of Character: The gladiolus is known for its tall, strong stems, symbolizing the ability to overcome challenges and maintain integrity.
    • Remembrance: It is often used to express the memory of a loved one, suggesting an enduring imprint on the heart.
    • Honor and Faithfulness: Gladioli are associated with honor and faithfulness, representing a pledge to be always honest and reliable.
    • Infatuation: Giving gladiolus can signify being captivated by someone, showing a strong attraction or affection.
    • Calming: The soothing raspberry tones of this variety are believed to bring calm and peace of mind to those who behold it.

Every 7-10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Gladiolus 'Raspberry Sorbet' should be watered deeply once a week, providing about 1 to 1.5 inches of water each time to encourage strong root growth. Ensure the soil around the plant is well-drained to prevent waterlogging. During hot and dry periods, you may need to water the Sword Lily twice weekly. Adjust the schedule to account for rainfall, and avoid overhead watering to prevent disease problems. Watering in the morning is ideal as it allows foliage to dry out during the day.

  • sunLight

    Sword Lilies thrive in full sunlight and should be planted in a location where they receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. They can tolerate very light shade, but too much shade will cause the plants to grow poorly and produce fewer flowers. The best spot for them is an open area free from tall plants or trees that can create significant shade.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Sword Lilies prefer warm temperatures and perform best in the range of 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. They are not frost-tolerant, and minimum temperatures shouldn't drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure optimal growth and flowering, avoid planting them in areas where the temperature could plummet below this mark.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Sword Lilies consists mainly of deadheading spent flowers to encourage further blooming and removing any yellowing or dead foliage. Prune the plant after the blooming has finished or when the foliage starts to die back naturally in late summer or early fall. This pruning helps redirect the plant’s energy toward bulb development for next season's growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Gladiolus, commonly known as Glads, prefer well-draining soil with a pH of around 6.5 to 6.8. A mix containing loamy soil enriched with compost or well-rotted manure is ideal, ensuring good fertility and moisture retention. Sand or perlite can be added to improve drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Gladiolus bulbs should be lifted and stored each fall after the foliage has died back and replanted the following spring. They are not typically "repotted" but should be rotated to a new location every few years to prevent disease buildup.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Gladiolus plants are adaptable but prefer moderate humidity levels. They do not require a highly humid environment and can tolerate the typical outdoor humidity found in their growing zones.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Glads in bright, indirect light with good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, with well-draining soil, and space them correctly.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Gladiolus 'Raspberry Sorbet' begins its life as a corm, which is planted in early spring after the threat of frost has passed. It first develops roots and shoots, which then give way to sword-like foliage as the plant starts to gather energy through photosynthesis. Following the vegetative stage, it enters the flowering phase during the summer, producing tall spikes adorned with vibrant raspberry-pink blossoms. After flowering, the plant's foliage begins to die back as the corm gathers and stores nutrients for the next growing season. If the corm is in a region with cold winters, it is typically dug up and stored in a cool, dry place to overwinter. In the following spring, the cycle begins anew when the corm is replanted.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • The most popular method for propagating Gladiolus 'Raspberry Sorbet', commonly known as "Sword Lily," is through the division of corms. The best time to do this is after the foliage has died back, usually in the late summer or early fall. Gardeners should carefully dig up the corms and gently dust off the soil. Offsets, which are smaller corms attached to the base of the main corm, can be detached and planted separately. Each offset should have at least one bud and a small piece of the base to ensure it has enough stored energy to grow. These new corms should be planted about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) deep and spaced around 6 inches (15 cm) apart to give them enough room to develop. It's also useful to let the corms dry in a well-ventilated area for a few days before storing them in a cool, dry place over the winter.