A robust biennial herb, frequent in rough grassland, wood margins, thickets and hedgerows, and on roadsides and waste ground on a very wide range of soil types. It fruits prolifically, and often colonises bare ground after disturbance. 0-365 m (Garrigill, Cumberland).
It is impossible to distinguish native and introduced populations of this ruderal species and all records are mapped as if they are native. The distribution of D. fullonum is broadly similar to that shown in the 1962 Atlas, but there are now many more records, perhaps often of casuals, outside its former core area.
European Temperate element.
Atlas Change Index: 0.82
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.