A bulbous perennial herb of free-draining, often sandy soils in coastal grasslands, churchyards and open woodland, and on heaths, roadsides and waste ground. It often increases in abandoned gardens or when discarded or deliberately planted in suitable habitats. Lowland.
S. siberica was introduced in 1796 and is now commonly cultivated. However, it was not formally recorded from the wild until 1968.
Native of southern Russia, Turkey and the Caucasus.
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.