The gladiolus is the August birth flower. These flowers look like a sword with their tall stalks, hence their being named after the gladiators. The gladiolus is a beautiful cut flower and one of the most attractive garden flowers. There are 255 species of gladiolus. The gladiolus flower means remembrance.
The gladiolus is easy to grow and comes in every color except blue. The gladiolus grows from a bulb planted several inches below the ground surface. It is a member of the iris family and is originally from southern Africa.