A small, bulbous perennial herb which is grown in gardens and is naturalised in rough grassland and on waste ground. Some populations can be long-lived and reproduce by seed (e.g. in Berks.). Lowland.
This distinctive species was cultivated in Britain by 1629, and is widely grown, particularly in rock gardens. It was recorded from the wild by 1905.
Native of the W. Mediterranean region.
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.