The Spring Blooms of Ireland

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.

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