Yellow Fumitory

We have this growing against a wall. It is a small plant, maybe a foot tall. Aren’t the leaves pretty and interesting? I like the colour as well – yellowy green in the young leaves and then colder and bluer in the mature leaves.

You can see the little tubular yellow flowers peeping out behind the leaves.

It has another names – yellow corydalis and rock fumewort – and it is in the poppy family and native to the foothills of the Alps in Italy and Switzerland.

It grows wild in the south of the UK wherever it finds a crack in a wall to give it somewhere to start from. It’s invasive and will spread (but ours hasn’t) and I wonder who first introduced it to the UK?


  1. I have actually seen these in a garden around here (somewhere🤪) and have a mauve-pink version that just ‘showed up’ in a flowerbed here and have done very well for themselves over the years in underneath the Grape Arbor… Always the first things to bloom: )


    1. yes, mauve-pink – a subtle colour, nice.

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      1. Very much like that of Cranesbill Geranium, the colour changes through the light of the day. Photos best in the almost predawn light of day… : )

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