Asarum europaeum

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAristolochiaceaeAsarumAsarum europaeum


A perennial herb found in shaded places, including woodland, hedges, churchyards and on banks. It sometimes reproduces by seed, at least in S. England, and spreads by means of rhizomes to form a dense mass. Lowland.



World Distribution

A European Temperate species with a continental distribution; absent as a native from much of W. Europe.

Atlas Change Index: -0.86

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 (168d)
Coombe (1956b)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1976)
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.