A robust perennial herb of dry or moist, neutral to calcareous soils. It has a wide habitat range, including rough and disturbed grassland, especially on roadsides and trackways, woodland rides, scrub, river banks, stabilised dunes, coastal cliffs, montane tall-herb vegetation and waste ground. 0-1005 m (Breadalbanes, Mid Perth).
There has been no change in the distribution of H. sphondylium since the 1962 Atlas.
Eurasian Boreo-temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.
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.
1978. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.
1991. Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 171. Heracleum sphondylium L. Journal of Ecology. 79:235-258.
1980. Umbellifers of the British Isles. Botanical Society of the British Isles Handbook no. 2.