Bird-in-a-bush - Corydalis solida

Alternative names
Purple Corydalis
Solid-rooted Fumewort
Corydalis bulbosa

Growing to about 25 cm in height, with grey-green, divided leaves and narrow, dense, terminal racemes of pale pink, purple or white flowers 2 cm in length.

Similar Species

C cava is possible as a garden escape

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Stem with large scale below lowest leaf (warning - can be hard to find) and bracts narrowly lobed

Recording advice

Photograph showing bracts or the scale below lowest leaf


Found in woodland, hedgerows, churchyards and rough grassland, and on roadsides, river banks and walls. It occurs as a garden escape or throw-out, and often becomes naturalised.

When to see it

In flower during April and May.

Life History

Tuberous perennial herb. Reproduction is by seed and tubers.

UK Status

Widespread but occasional in Britain as an escape from cultivation.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

Listed as Alien and Rare in the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map