An erect or decumbent annual, found as a casual on cultivated ground, rubbish tips and waste ground. Rarely, it becomes naturalised. Lowland.
S. sarachoides was recorded in the wild in 1897 (S. Lincs.). In common with several other casual American aliens, it is often associated with carrot seed, and was imported by this means during the Second World War. It appears to be increasing in Britain, but some records may result from confusion with the more widespread S. physalifolium.
Native of S. America.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 88
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 4
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.