A cormous perennial of bulb fields, field margins, roadsides and rough ground. It is naturalised only in lowland areas experiencing very mild winters, as the corm is susceptible to winter frost. Lowland.
G. communis, introduced from S. Europe by 1596, is usually a persistent relic of cultivation. It was first recorded in the wild in 1862, but its distribution has probably changed little in recent years.
Native of the Mediterranean region.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 152
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 12
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.