Pseudofumaria lutea

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaFumariaceaePseudofumariaPseudofumaria lutea


A perennial herb, commonly cultivated and widely naturalised in Britain, less so in Ireland. It is most frequently found rooted into the crevices of old mortared walls, pavements and other masonry, and on brick rubble and stony waste ground. Once established in an area, it can quickly colonise new sites. Generally lowland, but reaching 305 m at Great Hucklow (Derbys.).



World Distribution

Native of the southern foothills of the S.W. & C. Alps; widely naturalised elsewhere in Europe.

© H. Higgins, IWNHAS

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.6

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.4

Annual Precipitation (mm): 876

Life form information

Height (cm): 30

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1425

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 39

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 6

Atlas Change Index: 0.59

Weighted Changed Factor: 41

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (30d)
Jalas & Suominen (1991)