The gladiolus has a heroic meaning. The name is derived from the Latin word ‘Gladius’, which stands for sword (which fits the flower’s appearance perfectly). The flower therefore stands for strength, victory and pride. The prince who has conquered his bride. Not with brute force. But as befits a modern prince: with respect for her independence, sincere interest and on the basis of equality. A metamorphosis from a literal sword to a figurative sword. A sword of beauty, the gladiolus.