A perennial herb growing in a wide range of grassy habitats, including meadows, pastures, rough grassland, field margins and waysides; also sown in grasslands and as a casual from wool shoddy, bird-seed and other sources. P. pratense sens. str. tends to occur on rather heavier, damper soils than P. bertolonii. 0-445 m (Clun Forest, Salop).
P. pratense sens. str. was not mapped in the 1962 Atlas, being included with P. bertolonii within the map of P. pratense sens. lat. These two taxa are still much confused. Native and alien records have seldom been distinguished.
Eurosiberian Temperate element, but widely naturalised so that distribution is now Circumpolar Temperate.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2294
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 672
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 3
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.