An annual that is well naturalised on roadsides, pathsides, in cultivated ground and in waste and rough places. It probably originally arose as an escape from cultivation in botanic gardens. Lowland.
V. crista-galli was first grown in Britain in 1813, and was recorded from the wild in 1888 (W. Sussex). It was first recorded in Ireland in 1904 (Mid Cork), where it is increasing. It may be under-recorded elsewhere.
Native of the Caucasus.
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.