A perennial herb of wet grassy places on moderately fertile, seasonally waterlogged soils in woods, wet meadows, fens and flushes. In upland areas it is also found in rush pasture and bryophyte-rich springs. It occasionally persists in gardens and lawns. It is morphologically and cytologically variable, many clones reproducing by rooting from the leaves. 0-1080 m (Ben Lawers, Mid Perth).
There has been no change in the overall distribution since the 1962 Atlas. Although many of its lowland habitats have been improved, C. pratensis is resistant to some herbicides and can survive in semi-improved pastures.
Circumpolar Wide-boreal element.
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
1988. Comparative Plant Ecology.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1994)
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
1991. Crucifers of Great Britain and Ireland. Botanical Society of the British Isles Handbook no. 6.