A dwarf shrub naturalised on an airfield, on dumped soil and on rubbish tips and waste ground. Its mode of introduction at many sites is unknown, but it has been introduced with ballast. Lowland.
O. natrix was cultivated in Britain by 1683, but the species is not grown in gardens. It was recorded from the wild by 1834 (Fife), but does not appear to have been recorded recently.
O. natrix has a Mediterranean-Atlantic distribution.
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.