Antennaria dioica


A shortly stoloniferous perennial herb of thin, basic to mildly acidic soils. Its lowland habitats include chalk and limestone grassland, heathland, coastal cliff-tops, sand dunes and machair. In upland areas, habitats include rock ledges, crags, streamsides, screes, well-drained acidic grasslands, heathy pastures and dwarf-shrub heaths. 0-885 m (Macgillycuddy`s Reeks, S. Kerry).



World Distribution

Eurasian Boreo-temperate element.

© K.J. Walker, BSBI

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 4

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 2.9

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 13.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1379

Life form information

Height (cm): 15

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Shortly creeping, stolons in illuminated medium

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 968

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 356

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.88

Weighted Changed Factor: 3

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


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.

Atlas text references

Atlas (279d)
Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
Hultén, E., and Fries M.
, Königstein, (1986)

Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 3. 2 vols,
Meusel, H., and Jäger E. J.
, Jena, (1992)