A perennial herb of damp, base-rich cliffs, screes and other open ground, occasionally found in flushed areas and sometimes washed down mountain streams to become established on rocky stream banks and riverside shingle. It reproduces by seed, and spreads vegetatively by new rosettes arising from stolons. From near sea level in Caithness to 1170 m on Ben Lawers (Mid Perth).
Though the map of S. alpina shows no discernible change since the 1962 Atlas, there is evidence of local declines since the 1950s in the Lake District (Halliday, 1997) and on Irish mountains (Curtis & McGough, 1988).
Eurasian Arctic-montane element.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 237
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 21
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0
Atlas Change Index: -0.51
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.