Eastern Gladiolus - Gladiolus communis

    Description

    Gladiolus have fans of sword-shaped or linear leaves and spikes of funnel-shaped flowers. Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus is a perennial to 90cm, growing from a corm, with erect sword-shaped leaves nearly as tall as the flowering stems. Deep red-purple, funnel-shaped flowers 5cm in width, are borne in erect spikes.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    A garden flower which occasionally escapes into the wild and may persist for a time.

    When to see it

    Flowering May, June and July.

    Life History

    Cormous perennial.

    UK Status

    Occasional scattered records of this plant being found in the wild in England

    VC55 Status

    Rare away from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records:

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015

    UK Map