Gladiolus italicus
Planted in fall 2011 four corms. No bloom first year but this second year 4 blooms in April and many offset plants. Two plants are just over 2 ft tall and two plants are 1 ft tall with their first blooms open. (I expect they will lengthen as they open.)

The corms shown were juvenile, not bloom size. I wont see the adult corms until this summer's dormancy.

I used this tool to know what features to look at: www.rbg.vic.gov.au/keybase/index.php/key/keydetail/443

Two likely IDs: G. italicus and G. communis. These can be distinguished by the relative length of the anthers and filaments so I took two new photos to show that feature. The anthers are longer than the filaments which indicates G. italicus.

Compare to flora.huji.ac.il/browse.asp?lang=en&action=specie&amp...
Dont those look the same as mine?

Update May 30th: the seed pods ripened. No wings. Angular. This confirms these are G. italicus
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