Yellow Corydalis

Pseudofumaria lutea

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Yellow Corydalis is a pretty yellow flower that originally came from the foothills of the Alps in southern Europe, but now grows wild in the UK often as an escapee from gardens. A shade-loving plant, it flowers from spring until mid-summer.

How to identify

The leaves of Yellow Corydalis are much-divided and yellow-green. The flowers are like small yellow trumpets.

Where to find it

Found all over the UK, but rarer in Scotland and Ireland.


When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

To encourage wildlife into your garden, try planting native flower species in your borders to provide a 'nectar-cafe' for bees and butterflies. But if you do prefer some non-native varieties, be careful when you throw away cuttings - species can easily escape into surrounding habitats and can cause problems for local wildlife. To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Yellow Corydalis
Latin name
Pseudofumaria lutea
Height: up to 40cm
Conservation status
Introduced species.