Filago gallica

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaeFilagoFilago gallica


An annual of well-drained, sandy and gravelly soils in open, disturbed sites such as arable field margins, grassy banks, gravel-pits and quarries, tracks and roadsides. Lowland.



World Distribution

F. gallica is native of the Mediterranean region; it is probably introduced in the northern part of its Submediterranean-Subatlantic range.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 2

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.4

Annual Precipitation (mm): 647

Height (cm): 20

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 21

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 2

Atlas Change Index: 0.01

Plantatt Conservation Status

Critically endangered

JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (277d)
Meusel H, Jäger EJ
1992.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 3. 2 vols.
Gibson & Marsden (1999)
Wigginton MJ
1999.  British Red Data Books. 1. Vascular plants, edn 3.