The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.
Range & Status
Archaeophyte. Submediterranean-Subatlantic plant. Scattered across Britain, with the
majority of records from the south, and rare in Ireland.
Widespread in cultivated fields and other disturbed land on the inhabited islands in the Isles of Scilly (25 1km squares). In Cornwall most sites are restricted to West Cornwall; it is very rare in East Cornwall.
Habitat & Ecology
Found mainly in arable fields, and especially bulb-fields (on the Isles of Scilly), but also occurs in gardens, on allotments and waste ground. Three colour varieties are found.
The loss of cultivated fields and intensification.
Most sites are unprotected.
I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.
The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.