home

Gladiolus italicus - Field Gladiolus

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Asparagales - Family: Iridaceae

Gladiolus italicus on a rocky slope in the Algarve

Wild Gladioli grow on a rocky slope in the Algarve

This beautiful wildflower, a member of the Iris family (Iridaceae) can be found throughout the Mediterranean region flowering on hillsides, in grassy places, olive groves and often in cereal crops where it can be invasive - see below. Roadside verges and banks are sometimes turned completely pink during the flowering season.

Gladiolus italicus, Portugal

Gladiolus italicus flowers from March until June. It is sometimes sold as a cut flower in the Mediterranean.

A closeup of  Gladiolus italicus

Acknowledgements

This page includes pictures kindly contributed by Rob Petley-Jones.


Please Help Us: If you have found this information interesting and useful, please consider helping to keep First Nature online by making a small donation towards the web hosting and internet costs.

Any donations over and above the essential running costs will help support the conservation work of Plantlife, the Rivers Trust and charitable botanic gardens - as do author royalties and publisher proceeds from books by Pat and Sue.

© 1995 - 2022 First Nature: a not-for-profit volunteer-run resource

Please help to keep this free resource online...

Terms of use - Privacy policy - Disable cookies - Links policy