An annual of cultivated, disturbed and waste ground, frequently growing close to human habitation and favouring well-drained and nutrient-rich soils in sun-warmed situations. 0-410 m in Mid-W. Yorkshire.
The distribution of this species shows no change since the 1962 Atlas. E. peplus var. minima has been recorded as a casual garden weed, brought in with garden plants from Italy.
As an archaeophyte E. peplus has a European Southern-temperate distribution; it is widely naturalised outside this range.
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