A bulbous perennial herb naturalised in hedgerows, on roadsides, by tracks and paths and on rough and waste ground from discarded stock, and occasionally found in old fields and field margins as a relic of cultivation. Lowland.
N. poeticus was cultivated in Britain by 1538 and is common in gardens. It is frequently discarded and was known from the wild by 1795. The taxonomy of N. poeticus and its allies is complex, but most records are probably referable to subsp. poeticus. In the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, however, subsp. radiiflorus is frequently found, and other variants and cultivars, especially the widely cultivated `Actaea`, are represented throughout its range. The species is unevenly recorded.
Native of the mountains of S. 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.