Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #43 Fumitory

Bradlaugh Fields Fumaria officinalis

With its delicate, pale green lacy foliage and pink and purple tubular flowers (close-up here), Fumitory resembles the related ornamental Bleeding Heart plant seen in gardens.  It has been used by herbalists, and the flowers can give a yellow dye for wool.

Fumitory is very much a plant of disturbed ground and you’ll often see it on road-sides, around farmers’ fields or in the vegetable patch. In the photo above it is colonising in an otherwise bare patch of the Quarry Field where the cattle, or some other animals, have turned over the soil.


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