A cormous perennial herb found naturalised in meadows, pastures, amenity grasslands and on roadsides. It spreads vegetatively by means of rhizomes. Lowland.
This species, introduced into cultivation before 1600, is commonly grown in gardens and is still sometimes found as a relic of cultivation as a substitute for saffron. It was first recorded in the wild in 1738 and its distribution is probably stable.
Native of S.W. France and N. Spain.
Atlas Change Index: 0.6
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.