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Gladiolus communis

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Gladiolus communis, ( the eastern gladiolus,<ref name=BSBI07>Template:Cite web</ref> or common corn-flag,<ref>Template:Cite web</ref><ref name="rhs">Template:Cite web</ref>) is a species of flowering plant in the family Iridaceae, native to temperate northern Africa, western Asia and southern Europe, from the Mediterranean to the Caucasus,<ref name="rhs"/> and widely naturalised in frost-free locations elsewhere – such as coastal parts of the southwestern British Isles.<ref>http://www.brc.ac.uk/plantatlas/index.php?q=plant/gladiolus-communis</ref>

It is a vigorous cormous herbaceous perennial growing to Template:Convert tall with linear leaves and bright pink flowers in spring. Two subspecies are identified:

  • G. communis subsp. communis
  • G. communis subsp. byzantinus (Mill.) A. P. Ham.

In cultivation the latter has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref><ref name=RHSAZ>Template:Cite book</ref><ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

G. communis subsp. byzantinus