A tufted perennial herb of moist woodland on neutral to base-rich soils, often associated with Brachypodium sylvaticum and Bromopsis ramosa. It is particularly frequent beside streams, along rides, in disturbed areas in clearings and on woodland margins, and as a colonist of secondary woodland. It is dispersed by its fruits, which adhere to fur and clothing. 0-370 m (near Nenthead, Cumberland).
The distribution of F. gigantea is stable or slightly increasing.
European Temperate element; also in C. Asia.
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