Gladiolus (pastel) - Stock Image

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During the Roman Empire, the gladiolus was the official symbol of the gladiators that fought within the coliseum in Rome. In Latin the word gladius means sword, and it was because of the gladiolus' sword-like leaves that it has the name we know this flower as today. Another ancient name for the gladiolus was "xiphium," derived from the Greek word "xiphos", which interestingly also means " sword."
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