An annual found as a casual in waste places, fields and on rubbish tips. Lowland.
This species has been known in cultivation in Britain since at least 1596, and was recorded in the wild by 1887. It is introduced with wool shoddy, bird-seed and oil-seed. Trends in its distribution are unknown.
Native of the E. Mediterranean region and S.W. Asia; naturalised in most of the warmer parts of the world, where it is sometimes cultivated for the fibre China Jute.
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.