This biennial herb occurs in hedge banks, by waysides, on open rough ground and rubbish tips, generally on sandy or stony soils. It is sometimes naturalised in C. and S. Britain, but occurrences are usually casual. Seed is freely produced. Lowland.
V. phlomoides was cultivated in Britain by 1739 and was known from the wild by 1838. Although now rarely cultivated, it seems to be more frequent in the wild than it was at the time of the 1962 Atlas.
V. phlomoides has a European Temperate distribution.