A rhizomatous perennial herb found in a wide variety of disturbed habitats, especially hedgerows, road verges, churchyards, neglected gardens and waste ground. It typically occurs near habitation or in the vicinity of abandoned settlements, such as in woodlands. It reproduces by seed and by its aggressive rhizome system. 0-450 m (Nenthead, Cumberland).
Archaeological evidence suggests that A. podagraria was introduced in Roman times, probably for medicinal and culinary use. There is little change in its range since the 1962 Atlas.
A Eurosiberian Temperate species, certainly native in C. Europe but native limits obscured by its spread in cultivation and as a weed.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.