A scrambling, woody perennial growing in woodland, thickets, hedgerows, ditches, and, as var. marinum, on shingle beaches. It often grows in moist habitats and is common in swamps and tall-herb fens, and beside rivers and lakes, where it can even grow in shallow water. Lowland.
There has been no appreciable change in the distribution of S. dulcamara since the 1962 Atlas.
Eurasian Southern-temperate element, but naturalised in N. America so distribution is now Circumpolar Southern-temperate.
Height (cm): 225
Perennation - primary
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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.