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


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

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