This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Gladiolus Communis. Common Corn-Flag.
Corolla sexpartita, ringens. Stamina adscendentia.
GLADIOLUS communis foliis ensiformibus, floribus distantibus.
GLADIOLUS utrinque floridus? Bauh. Pin. 41.
The French Corn-Flag. Park. Parad. p. 189. t. 191. f. 1.
Grows wild in the corn fields of most of the warmer parts of Europe, varies with white and flesh-coloured blossoms, increases so fast, both by offsets and seeds, as to become troublesome to the cultivator; hence, having been supplanted by the Greater Corn-Flag, the Byzantinus of Miller, whose blossoms are larger, and more shewy, it is not so generally found in gardens as formerly.
It flowers in June.