An annual of cultivated fields and gardens, typically growing on light, sandy, often calcareous soils. Generally lowland, but reaching 350 m near Kaber (Westmorland).
V. polita was first recorded from the wild in Britain in 1777. Its distribution now seems stable in S. & E. England and Wales, but appears to be declining in N. England, Scotland and Ireland. It was mapped as `all records` in the 1962 Atlas.
A Eurosiberian Southern-temperate species.
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.