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Wild Gladiolus

Gladiolus illyricus

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Iridaceae (Iris)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Heathland.

Flower:
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Purple, 6 petals
 
The inflorescence is a spike of 3 to 6 flowers. They are bright reddish-purple and funnel-shaped with bracts often tinged purple at the tips. Its petals are pointed. Flowers each measure between 3.5 and 5cm across.
Fruit:
A many-seeded capsule.
Leaves:
The leaves are narrow and iris-like. A small population of Wild Gladiolus can be found growing in the New Forest, Hampshire. Often found growing under or around bracken.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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