A perennial bulbous herb with annual erect branching stems. It is cultivated in gardens, occasionally escaping to nearby disturbed, shaded sites, hedge banks, stone walls and pavement cracks. It does not set seed, but spreads by bulblets produced in the axils of the aerial stems. Lowland.
O. incarnata was cultivated in Britain by 1739 and recorded in the wild by 1912 (Middlesex). Changes in its distribution are not easily assessed.
Native of S. Africa.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 146
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 5
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 11
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.