A vigorous perennial herb, frequently grown in gardens and found naturalised on roadsides, riverbanks, rough ground and anywhere where garden refuse is dumped. It also occurs as a casual on rubbish tips. It reproduces mainly by seed, which is produced abundantly, but it can also spread by rhizome fragments. Generally lowland, but established at 520 m below Ben Lawers (Mid Perth).
A. mollis, cultivated in Britain since 1874, was first recorded in the wild in 1948. There has been a massive increase in 10-km square records since the five mapped by Perring & Sell (1968), perhaps reflecting both its increasing popularity in gardens and better recording.
Native of S.E. Europe and S.W. Asia.
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.
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