A stoloniferous perennial herb of open woodland, meadows, pastures, walls, waste ground, waysides and cultivated land; it also grows in marshes and beside ponds, ditches and streams. It was formerly included in commercial grass-seed mixtures, and is still used in amenity and wild-flower grasslands. It is a common wool alien. Generally lowland, but reaching 1065 m on Carn Eige, Glen Affric (Easterness).
There has been no change in the range of P. trivialis since the 1962 Atlas. It is very widespread, being absent only from montane areas.
Eurosiberian Wide-temperate element, but widely naturalised so that distribution is now Circumpolar Wide-temperate.
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