A small perennial with decumbent or procumbent stems found on walls, churchyards, rubbish tips and beaches, usually as a casual but sometimes naturalised. Lowland.
S. ocymoides has been cultivated in Britain since 1768 and is frequently grown on rock-gardens for its abundant white or pink flowers. It is uncommon outside gardens, however, and was not formally recorded from the wild until 1913 (W. Cornwall). It is either increasing or more frequently recorded now.
Native of S.W. & S.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.