An annual, or occasionally biennial, herb of open grassland and arable fields, particularly on sandy or gravelly soils; also found on roadsides and walls, in gardens and waste places. It is often persistent, but occurs just as frequently as a casual. Lowland.
L. campestre was mapped as `all records` in the 1962 Atlas. Analysis of the database reveals that most of the losses have occurred since 1950, with a marked decline in some areas.
As an archaeophyte L. campestre has a European Temperate distribution; it is widely naturalised outside this range.
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Light (Ellenberg): 7
Moisture (Ellenberg): 4
Reaction (Ellenberg): 7
Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6
Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0
January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.8
July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.8
Annual Precipitation (mm): 801
Height (cm): 40
Perennation - primary
Life Form - primary
Clonality - primary
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 886
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 26
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 1
Atlas Change Index: -0.7
Weighted Changed Factor: 2
Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)
Atlas text references
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1996)
1991. Crucifers of Great Britain and Ireland. Botanical Society of the British Isles Handbook no. 6.