This woody-based perennial herb is found as a naturalised garden escape or casual in rough grassland and hedgerows and on roadsides, waste ground and rubbish tips. Lowland.
V. longifolia was cultivated in Britain by 1731, and is popular in gardens. It was first recorded in the wild in 1928. It may be increasing, but has been recorded in error for garden forms of V. spicata and, especially, the fertile hybrid V. longifolia x V. spicata.
A Eurasian Boreo-temperate species, which is absent as a native from W. 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.