This evergreen, procumbent, carpet-forming perennial herb is found on damp paths, shaded banks and roadside walls, and in sheltered places in churchyards and gardens, usually close to habitation. It is somewhat frost-sensitive. Lowland.
S. soleirolii is a frequent escape from gardens and greenhouses. It has been cultivated in Britain since 1905 and was recorded as naturalised by 1917. It has increased markedly since the 1962 Atlas, with a considerable extension of range northwards and eastwards from its headquarters in S.W. England.
A native of the W. Mediterranean islands.
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.