A biennial to perennial herb widely grown in gardens and found on roadsides and waste ground. It is occasionally naturalised, but is more often only casual. Lowland.
This species, first cultivated in Britain in 1822, is less frequent in gardens than E. bannaticus and is consequently much rarer in the wild. It was first recorded in 1931 (Middlesex).
Native of E.C. and S. Europe.