Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Asparagales - Family: Iridaceae
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 flowers from March until June. It is sometimes sold as a cut flower in the Mediterranean.
This page includes pictures kindly contributed by Rob Petley-Jones.
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