An evergreen shrub which occurs as a naturalised garden escape on sand dunes, sea cliffs, banks, walls, field edges and rough ground. It is also found as a casual throw-out on roadsides and rubbish tips. Lowland.
P. fruticosa was being cultivated in British gardens by 1596. It was known at Bar Hill, Stawell (N. Somerset) in c. 1896 and persisted there until 1957. It may be increasing in some areas.
Native of the Mediterranean region from Sardinia eastwards to W. & S.W. Turkey and Cyprus.
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.