This plant species is commonly found in disturbed woodland areas. It is also often found growing on rocky hillsides, steep cliffs, and other regions in which the soil content consists of abundant amounts of calcium carbonate. Belladonna is nitrophilous, meaning that it thrives in soils rich in nitrogen. It is frequently found growing in open or uncultivated areas, and is only very rarely found in grass communities (Cross 2012). It also occurs in areas of former cultivation (among ruins) in parts of Europe and as a weedy species in areas where the soil has been disturbed. It seems to grow most abundantly in areas shaded by trees, on limestone or chalk, or on wooded hills. Belladonna plants that are exposed to too much sun often become very stunted in growth (Rita & Animesh 2011). The plants require a moist atmosphere, well-drained soil, and a source of shade (though not excessive shade, since this has also been found to reduce the vigor of the plant) (Butcher 1947).
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