A rhizomatous perennial, found in woodland, open scrub, under park trees, in churchyards and near former habitations. Like the native A. nemorosa, it requires light shade. Lowland.
The species has been recorded from the wild in Britain since 1724, and it is sometimes thoroughly naturalised and long-persistent. A range of colour forms (pink, white and blue) occur in cultivation. Native blue-flowered varieties of A. nemorosa may be mis-recorded as this species.
Native of central S. Europe from Corsica to the Balkans; widely naturalised elsewhere in Europe.
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
Jalas & Suominen (1989)