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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Stachys arvensis - Field Woundwort

Range & Status

Archaeophyte. Suboceanic Southern-temperate plant. Widespread in the British Isles, particularly in southern and western coastal areas, though rapidly declining outside the core areas.

Regional Distribution

Found throughout Cornwall, though rarer in granite areas and more scattered in East

Cornwall. On the Isles of Scilly Field Woundwort is a common plant on all the inhabited islands.

Habitat & Ecology

Arable and horticultural fields, gardens and allotments where it sometimes occurs in great abundance.


Changes in agriculture.


Few if any of the sites are protected.

Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.