A perennial herb of ungrazed or lightly grazed muddy saltmarshes, occasionally also growing amongst nearby rocks and on the stonework of sea-walls. Its habitats are similar to those of Limonium humile, which often grows with it. Lowland.
The map shows little change since the 1962 Atlas, but the species has gone from a few 10-km squares, and is declining in many areas as saltings are invaded by Spartina anglica or have become more intensively grazed. Intermediates between L. vulgare and L. humile are common (including the hybrid L. x neumanii) and some populations are difficult to assign to either species.
Light (Ellenberg): 9
Moisture (Ellenberg): 8
Reaction (Ellenberg): 8
Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6
Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 6
January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.3
July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16
Annual Precipitation (mm): 821
Height (cm): 40
Perennation - primary
Life Form - primary
Clonality - primary
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 231
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 3
Atlas Change Index: -0.31
Atlas text references
1967. Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 106. Limonium vulgare Mill., Limonium humile Mill. Journal of Ecology. 55:221-229,229-232.
1995. A biometric survey of Limonium vulgare Miller and L. humile Miller in the British Isles. Watsonia. 20:239-254.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
1978. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.