Common Flowers in Ireland

Ireland is an island country that is located in Northwestern Europe. It is separated from Britain by the Irish Sea. Ireland has a tropical climate with mild temperatures that rarely drop below freezing due to the gulf winds. The country receives an adequate amount of rainfall, which makes it an excellent place for flowers to grow.


The foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is a biennial flower that is native to Europe. The flowers bloom from June to September and range in color from purple, pink, white and yellow. It can grow up to 4 feet tall and prefers warm temperatures and full to partial sunlight. The flower grows best is moist, nitrogen-rich soils. Foxglove can be found growing in woodlands, rocky slopes, moorlands, sea-cliffs and hedge banks.

Common Spotted Orchid

The common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) is a European orchid that can grow to nearly 3 feet tall. The flower spikes are small flowers that grow in clusters and range in color from pink to lilac. They are highly fragrant and bloom from June to August. The leaves are narrow and grass-like. The orchid can be found in open meadows, woodlands, railway banks and along roadways.

Yellow Flag

The yellow flag (Iris pseudacorus) is a member of the Iris family. It is native to West Asia, Europe and North Africa. It is an herbaceous, perennial plant that grows up to 6 feet tall. The flower prefers very wet conditions and full sun. The flower is pale yellow and it blooms from early spring to late summer. It prefers temperate climates and can be found growing in marshlands and and freshwater wetlands.

Dog Rose

The dog rose (Rosa canina L.) is a vine rose that is native to Europe, Asia and Africa. It is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 15 feet tall. The leaves are small and serrated and the stems are prickly. The flowers bloom in spring and can vary in color from pink to white. It prefers wet soils and full sun and can frequently be found along roadsides and in wet sandy areas along the coast.

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