An annual found in hedges, waste places, tips and cultivated ground, usually only as a casual, but occasionally becoming established. Lowland.
V. hispanica was known as a garden plant by 1548, and is still grown as an ornamental, escaping into semi-wild habitats. It has been introduced as a grain contaminant, and in wool and bird-seed. It was recorded from the wild by 1832.
Apparently native to S.E. Europe & S.W. Asia, but now a very widespread weed in both N. and S. hemispheres.
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.