A bulbous perennial herb which occurs as a garden escape in scrub and on woodland edges, in churchyards, hedgerows, on roadsides and in rough grassy places. Lowland.
O. nutans was cultivated in Britain by 1648 and is frequently grown in gardens. It was recorded from the wild by 1821. Populations are usually small and short-lived though some are persistent, such as at Bodney churchyard (W. Norfolk) where it has been known since 1917.
Native of the Balkans (Bulgaria, Greece) and Turkey.
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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.