A bulbous perennial herb of rough and waste ground, open rocky slopes, hedge banks and roadsides. Lowland.
A. roseum was introduced into cultivation by 1752, and first recorded in the wild in 1837. Both var. bulbiferum and var. roseum are commonly cultivated in gardens; var. bulbiferum, in which some of the flowers in the umbel are replaced by bulbils, is particularly likely to be naturalised when planted or discarded in suitable habitats. A. roseum is spreading, especially in S.W. England.
A variable species, native of the Mediterranean region.