Irish wildflowers BSBI map

Eastern Gladiolus, Gladiolus communis
Photos: Malahide, Co. Dublin Patrick Slavin

Eastern Gladiolus
Gladiolus communis
Family: Iridaceae

Flowering: Late May-August. Perennial. 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. Identification confirmed by Paul Green.

An infrequent garden escape or discard recorded from counties Cork, Dublin, Waterford and Wexford. Found in a range of habitats including road banks, sea-cliffs, waste ground, stream banks and dunes.

Eastern Gladiolus, Gladiolus communis
Eastern Gladiolus, Gladiolus communis

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