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).
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