A perennial herb of deep, well-drained neutral or calcareous soils, typically occurring in ungrazed grassland, open scrub, hedge banks, woodland rides and edges, and on waysides. 0-550 m (Garrigill, Cumberland).
C. laevipes has shown some losses since the 1962 Atlas. Although characteristic of older and relatively undisturbed habitats, it is able to colonise roadsides, river- and railway embankments, and remains fairly frequent across its range. It is considered alien in Ireland (Scannell & Synnott, 1987), where it remains rare.
Eurosiberian Temperate element.
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