A bulbous perennial herb, spreading by means of bulbils in a wide variety of, usually ungrazed, situations such as river-banks, roadsides, field margins, other rough and waste ground, and in woodland. Generally lowland, but reaching 375 m at Carter Bar (Roxburghs.).
A. paradoxum was introduced into cultivation in 1823 and was first recorded in the wild near Edinburgh in 1863. It can be very invasive in disturbed habitats, and is increasingly abundant throughout its range, especially in S. Scotland. Its predominantly eastern distribution contrasts with that of A. triquetrum.
Native of the Caucasus and Iran.
Height (cm): 40
Perennation - primary
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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.