Named for the shape of their leaves, gladioli – from the Latin word “gladius,” meaning sword – have a history that spans from Africa to the Mediterranean. Symbolizing strength and moral integrity, gladioli also represent infatuation, with a bouquet conveying to a recipient that they pierce the giver’s heart with passion. Striking and colorful with towering stems, this August birth flower and 40th wedding anniversary flower evoke the drama of Roman gladiators.
Cal Glads is the exclusive provider of the Canine hybridizations, developed from 70 years of experience and research.
A lucky triumvirate of climate, soil and water make the Santa Maria Valley a cool-season vegetable mecca. Days are warm without frost, not too sunny or too warm. Loamy soil has been carried down by rivers. An underground aquifer, recharged by the Santa Maria River, supplies ample water for irrigation.
The valley of Santa Maria is located on the Central Coast of California, about half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Our Gladiolus are grown with care from bulb to box for the best elegant florals to make you glad.