Ireland is alive with the colors of spring! But what exactly is blooming in the countryside? And how do the Irish refer to these flowers? Here, we take a quick look at seven springtime beauties you’ll find across the Emerald Isle.
Common name: Bitter-vetch
Irish name: Corra meille
These flowers are typically found in dry areas. They bear small flowers in groupings of two to six that start out reddish purple and then fade into a blue-green hue. They bloom throughout the spring season in Ireland.
Common name: Bluebell
Irish name: Coinnle corra
In Ireland, Bluebells hit their peak each April, creating a carpet of purplish-blue across widespread areas of the countryside. They are bulbous perennials that often cover woodlands but can also be found in home gardens.
Common name: Poppy
Irish name: Cailleach dhearg
The familiar faces of poppies appear during late spring and summer in Ireland. You might see their paper-like orangey-red petals blooming along roadsides. However, you’ll have to be quick as their petals quickly drop.
Common name: Geranium or Crane’s Bill
Irish name: Crobh dearg
There are numerous varieties of this popular plant, which can be seen in even the rockiest regions of the Emerald Isle. It is a familiar flower in many destinations around the globe from late spring through summer. Colors range from white to pink, purple, coral, and red.
Common name: Dog-Rose
Irish name: Feirdhris
From June to August, you’ll find these fragrant blooms in trees and shrubs along Irish roadsides. The native plants feature five petals that are typically a light, girlish pink or white in hue.
Common name: Blackthorn
Irish name: Draighean
These white flowers with numerous stamens have a distinctive look. You’ll find them on shrubs and trees, but beware the branches come with thorns. Interestingly, the fruit—or sloe—of the plant is a key ingredient in a potent gin.
Common name: Bulbous Buttercup
Irish name: Tuile thalún
A member of the ranunculus family, these native wildflowers can be found across the Ireland countryside. Their cheerful yellow faces, which feature five petals, bring a bit of sunshine to grassy knolls—and to those who pick them.
Research for this post was gathered from irishwildflowers.ie and wildflowersofireland.net. Visit them to learn more and see other varieties.