A perennial herb found naturalised in rough grassland and on roadsides, railway banks and in quarries. It also occurs as a relic of cultivation. Reproduction is from seed and rhizome fragments. Lowland.
C. rapunculus was once frequently grown in gardens in our area for ornament and its edible roots. It was recorded from the wild as early as 1597, but fell out of favour as a vegetable around 1700 and has consequently declined seriously. It is now rarely encountered, either in cultivation or in the wild.
C. rapunculus is a variable species with a European Southern-temperate distribution; it is naturalised in Europe north of its native range.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 109
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0
Atlas Change Index: -2.16
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.