Gladiolus, sometimes called Sword lily, is a genus of around 300 species in the family of Iridaceae. Most of them are native to sub-Saharan Africa and around 10 species are native to Eurasia. These perennials produce narrow, blade-shaped leaves and attractive fragrant flowers on tall spikes . They are available in a wide range of colors and are popular both as garden flowers and cut flowers.
Meaning: The name comes from the Latin “gladiolus”, which means “small sword”, referring to the shape of the leaves. In Ancient Greek, gladiolus was called “xiphium”, from the Greek word “xiphos”, which also means sword.
Symbolism: Gladiolus symbolizes strength, strong character, honor and moral integrity. It also stands for remembrance and faithfulness. Gladiolus can also signify serious romantic feelings.