An annual occurring as a naturalised or casual weed of parks, gardens, garden centres, allotments and other cultivated ground, and in damp waste places and by streams. Lowland.
V. peregrina was introduced by 1680, apparently via mainland Europe. It was first recorded in the wild in 1836, and has shown a slow spread since the 1962 Atlas. It has increased markedly in N. Ireland since 1970.
Native of N. & S. America.
Atlas Change Index: 0.15
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.
Atlas text references
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
1978. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.