An erect or spreading perennial, cultivated as a garden herb and found naturalised in open and ruderal habitats, including a rock face in Herefordshire. It also occurs as a casual on waste ground, roadsides and rubbish tips. Lowland.
A. cerefolium was grown in British gardens by 995 (Harvey, 1981), but has decreased in popularity in recent years. It was recorded from the wild in 1633. It has been naturalised in Herefordshire since at least 1867.
Native of S.E. Europe and the eastern Mediterranean region, but widely naturalised outside this area through its spread in cultivation.
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.