Long Tubed Painted Lady

Long Tubed Painted Lady.

Common name

Long Tubed Painted Lady

Scientific Name

Gladiolus angustus

Type of plant

Bulbs or Corms

About this weed

This pretty weed grows to 60 cm tall and produces white or cream wavy petaled  flowers with a pinkish tinge. Like other Gladiolus it originated from South Africa and was introduced as a garden plant.


This perennial grows to about 0.6 m in height. It flowers in late spring on long stems and dies back in summer. The corms sprout following autumn and winter rains and are dispersed by water and soil movement. The flower may possibly set seed. Generally it can survive fire.

Impact on Bushland

If left will spread over bushland and impact on native plant communities.


Found in a few places in the South-West Province. It prefers sand, sandy clay, wet soil and disturbed land. It is found on road verges, wastelands and in the bushland along the Swan River and as far south as Albany.

Priority for removal

High: major threat to the conservation values of bushland if it becomes established.

Management (hand)

Not available.

Management (herbicide)

Spot spray metsulfuron methyl 0.2 g/15 L + Glyphosate 1% + Pulse® in degraded sites. Read the manufacturers’ labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. Optimal spraying months are July and August.

Flowering month/s

October, November

Flower colour/s

Yellow, Pink, Cream

Information source


Additional information


Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. and Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia, Second Edition, The Weeds Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park, Western Australia.

Long Tubed Painted Lady images


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