A perennial herb growing in woods, hedge banks, gardens and waste ground, and sometimes on rock ledges or gullies, often in shade. It spreads by wind-borne seed. 0?790 m (Snowdon, Caerns.), with an exceptional record at 845 m on Great Dun Fell (Westmorland).
There is no evidence for changes in the national distribution of E. montanum since the 1962 Atlas; it is a frequent plant throughout its range.
European Temperate element; also in C. and E. 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.