A tufted perennial herb of upland heathy pastures, open Betula and Quercus woodland, rock ledges and crevices, and a wide range of mountain slope and plateau communities including areas of late snow-lie; also found in the drier parts of bogs and on stream banks. It grows on both basic and acidic substrates. From sea level in W. Scotland and Ireland, to 1215 m on Ben Macdui (S. Aberdeen).
The range of F. vivipara has remained stable since the 1962 Atlas, but it is now better recorded in England and Wales.
Circumpolar Boreo-arctic Montane 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
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
1991. A new taxonomic treatment of the Festuca ovina L. aggregate (Poaceae) in the British Isles. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 106:347-397.