A shortly rhizomatous perennial herb, mainly of dry or free-draining, acidic, sandy or peaty soils on heaths, in acidic grass-heath, in open woodland (especially Betula, Pinus and Quercus), in woodland clearings and on rides. On some lowland heaths A. vinealis may grow in damp situations, but unlike A. canina it avoids waterlogged soils. It is a drought-resistant lawn grass. 0-845 m (Little Dun Fell, Westmorland), and probably higher in Scotland.
Until recently this species was treated as a variety or subspecies of A. canina; it has not been recorded systematically and the existing map is incomplete.
European Temperate element; also in N. America.
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.