Pulicaria vulgaris

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaePulicariaPulicaria vulgaris


An annual of damp, winter-flooded hollows in somewhat acidic, unimproved grassland on New Forest `lawns`, on commons and village greens, and on rutted tracks. Extant sites are usually pony-grazed, this disturbance creating the open conditions needed for seedling survival. Lowland.



World Distribution

Eurosiberian Temperate element; it is declining throughout Europe and now reaches its northern native limit in Surrey.

Broad Habitats

Acid grassland (includes non-calcareous sandy grassland)

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 8

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 7


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.5

Annual Precipitation (mm): 696

Life form information

Height (cm): 45

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 121

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 5

Atlas Change Index: -0.55

Distribution information

Plantatt Conservation Status


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.

Atlas text references

Atlas (276d)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Meusel H, Jäger EJ
1992.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 3. 2 vols.
Prince SD, Hare ADR
1981.  Lactuca saligna and Pulicaria vulgaris in Britain. The biological aspects of rare plant conservation. :379-388.
Wigginton MJ
1999.  British Red Data Books. 1. Vascular plants, edn 3.