A perennial herb of heaths and open woods on non-calcareous, fairly dry, sandy, peaty, or leached soils. Reproduction is by seed, and budding from the roots sometimes occurs. A dwarf form with prostrate to procumbent stems (var. procumbens) occurs in exposed habitats in N. and W. Scotland and in islands off W. Ireland. 0-820 m (Breadalbanes, Mid Perth).
H. pulchrum was mapped as `all records` in the 1962 Atlas. Analysis of the database reveals that the decline in C. England has occurred since 1950.
Suboceanic Temperate 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
1940. Studies on the plant-geography of the North-Atlantic heath-formation I. The heaths of the Faroes. Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskabs. Biologiske Meddelelser, 15(3):1-64.
1962. La flore atlantique européenne. Documents pour les cartes des productions végétales serie Europe-Atlantique, vol. 1.
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.