An evergreen perennial climber found as a garden escape in woodland, hedges and scrub and on roadsides, railway banks, walls and waste ground. It reproduces vegetatively and by seed, which can be bird-sown. Lowland.
H. colchica has been cultivated in Britain since 1851 and is popular in gardens and amenity plantings, where it is used for ground-cover. It was first recorded in the wild in 1959, and is certainly under-recorded; it may be increasing.
Native of N. Turkey and the Caucasus.
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.