Irish wildflowers

Photo: Patrick Slavin,
Malahide, Co.Dublin

Eastern Gladiolus
Gladiolus communis
Family: Iridaceae

Flowering: Late May-August. Perennial. Garden escape. Introduced.

Spike of up to 20 funnel-shaped purple-red flowers. Sword-shaped basal leaves enclosing lower part of flowering stem. The corm is frost tender. Height: To 70cm.

Rare garden escape or discard.
Recorded counties Cork, Dublin, Waterford and Wexford from a range of habitats: road banks, sea-cliffs, waste ground, stream banks, dunes.

Identification confirmed by Paul Green.

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