There are few things to take into account about gladiolus; they are tall, dramatic flowers around 2 to 3 feet in height, sheltered with funnel shaped blossoms on one part of the stem which opens from bottom to top. They have long and sword like leaves are. A fresh gladiolus flower has a few open on the base.
A miniature version of Gladiolus is Orchideola which has fewer and smaller blooms alongside the narrow stem. The blooms are spaced out along the stem. Miniature version is more flexible and elegant in appearance, and is a much better choice to employ in assorted arrangements.
A remarkable form of miniature Gladiolus is called Gladiolus Tristis. It emanates a sweet fragrance only in the evening and is pale apple green. Tristis flourishes for only a short period of time during summers, older gladioli’s bottom blossoms are open, displaying signs of maturity with dry edges, fading color and suppleness to the touch. While buying gladioli, make sure the flower count to ascertain that the lower blooms are not drained.