A bulbous perennial herb which becomes naturalised by seed (var. pulchellum) or, perhaps more frequently, by bulbils (var. carinatum) in churchyards, rough and waste ground and on roadsides. Lowland.
A. carinatum was cultivated in Britain by 1789 and is frequently grown in gardens. It has been naturalised in our area since at least 1806. There is little evidence of a marked increase in range since the 1962 Atlas.
Native of C. & S.E. Europe; naturalised north and west of its native range.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 138
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 16
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0
Atlas Change Index: 0.64
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.
Atlas text references
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
1993. Native and naturalised garlics in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Nature in Cambridgeshire. 35:67-75.