An evergreen shrub found naturalised in scrub and waste ground. Lowland.
R. alaternus was being cultivated in British gardens by 1629, and is now frequently grown, especially near the coast. It was known from the wild by 1908 (Wight).
Native of the Mediterranean region.
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.