A bulbous perennial herb naturalised in churchyards, on roadsides and on grassy banks. It originates as a garden escape or from deliberate planting, and also occurs as a relic of cultivation. Lowland.
S. bifolia had been introduced into cultivation in Britain by 1597 and is very widely grown in gardens. It was recorded from the wild by 1928 and is probably increasing.
Native of C. & S. Europe and S.W. Asia.
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.