A perennial of wet habitats, usually on heavy soils. It is found on the sides of streams and ponds, in ditches, swamps, wet lowland meadows and pastures, at the upper edge of saltmarshes, and, less commonly, on damp roadsides and hedge banks. In N. England and Scotland it is essentially a coastal plant. It generally grows in slightly drier conditions than C. vulpina, tending to avoid standing water. Lowland.
The overall distribution of C. otrubae is little changed since the 1962 Atlas, though loss of habitat through drainage has caused some local declines, for example in Dorset (Pearman, 1994).
Eurosiberian Southern-temperate element.
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.