Peucedanum ostruthium

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaUmbelliferaePeucedanumPeucedanum ostruthium


A perennial herb naturalised in moist or damp grassy areas, including marshy pasture, on hillsides and by streams and rivers, and sometimes established around farm buildings. Generally lowland, but reaching 385 m at Langdon Beck (Co. Durham).



World Distribution

Native of the mountains of C. & S.W. Europe.

Broad Habitats

Improved grassland

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 7


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 2.6

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 13.5

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1127

Life form information

Height (cm): 100

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 184

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 21

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: 0.03

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


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.