This rhizomatous perennial herb is found in a wide range of man-made and marginal habitats, often near habitation, including hedge banks, quarries, roadsides, railway banks, tips and waste ground. It is thoroughly naturalised by streams and in damp woods, especially in S.W. England and N. Wales, where it has sometimes been considered native. Lowland.
This species has long been grown in gardens, and readily establishes from outcast plants. Mapped as `all records` in the 1962 Atlas, there is little evidence for any change in its distribution.
As an archaeophyte S. officinalis has a European Temperate distribution; it is widely naturalised outside this range.
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