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.
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