Broadly distributed in fields and waste places, and usually found in edge habitats. The seeds are dispersed by berry-feeding birds. Adapted to coarse or fine soils with moderate moisture, high calcium tolerance but low salinity tolerance, pH tolerance from 4.7-8.
Grows well in sun or shade and readily survives fire due to its ability to resprout from the roots. In recent years the plant appears to have increased in populated places.
|When the wood is cut, the land is invaded by Phytolacca. Phytolacca produces ink.|