Atropa belladonna is native to south central Europe, northwestern Africa, and southwestern Asia. The distribution limits are between 32° and 55° N latitude, from sea level in the north of its range (e.g. England) to 1700 m or more in the Mediterranean region. It primarily occurs in areas with well-drained, calcareous soil and shaded woodland habitats, but can also occur on dry, sunny scrubland sites (Blamey & Grey-Wilson 1989; Rita & Animesh 2011; Stace & Meijden undated).
It has been introduced and naturalised in a few other areas, and is occasionally found as a weedy species north to southern Scandinavia (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet 1997), and in some areas of Canada and the United States (Scott 1991).
- Blamey, M. & Grey-Wilson, C. (1989). The illustrated Flora of Britain and Northern Europe. Hodder & Stoughton.
- Naturhistoriska riksmuseet (1997). Den Virtuella Floran: Atropa bella-donna L.
- Rita, P. & Animesh, D. K. (2011). An updated overview on Atropa belladonna L. International Research Journal of Pharmacy.
- Scott, P.J. (1991). Deadly Nightshade, Atropa-belladonna (Solanaceae), in Newfoundland. Canadian Field-Naturalist 105: 112.
- Stace, C. & van der Meijden, R. (undated). Interactive Flora of NW Europe.
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