This bulbous perennial herb is naturalised as a weed of agriculture, especially in bulb-fields, in milder areas. It does not set seed, but spreads vigorously by easily detached underground bulblets that are resistant to all but the strongest herbicides. Outside the Channel Islands and Isles of Scilly, populations are usually casual. Lowland.
This species was introduced into cultivation in Britain in 1757. It was recorded from the wild in 1901 (Guernsey).
Native of S. Africa; widely naturalised in the Mediterranean region.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 10
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 10
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.