A rhizomatous semi-evergreen herb which was originally planted on rock ledges in Caenlochan Glen (Angus), and occurs as a naturalised relic of cultivation or casual garden escape elsewhere. Its altitudinal range is unknown.
Neophyte. This attractive species was known in cultivation in Britain by 1596, and is very popular in gardens where a huge range of cultivars are available. It was recorded from the wild in 1880 (Angus), and still persists at this site. Some records may refer to its hybrid with P. hirsuta (P. × pubescens).
Native of the mountains of C. Europe.
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.