White Ramping-fumitory - Fumaria capreolata


Medium-tall robust clambering plant. Leaf segments oblong or wedge shaped. Racemes long-stalked. Flowers creamy-white with a reddish black apex. 10 to 14 mm long, upper petal compressed with upturned margins. Sepals toothed. Fruit on recurved stalks, 2 mm, smooth with faint keel. There are two sub species (subspecies babingtonii and subspecies capreolata).

Similar Species

Other fumitories

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Ref. key in Stace (3).   This is very difficult genus that can't be identified with confidence from a photo.  The species are all very similar, but also variable within a species.  Determination depends on fine differences in flower, sepal and bract shape and size.  In addition, Stace says 'it is essential to base determinations on well-grown non-shaded material in early or mid flowering season.  Late or shade-grown plants may be very atypical, with short paler petals, longer narrower petals, relatively long bracts,  and less or more recurved fruiting pedicels. . . '  

Recording advice

Specimen or photo needs to be verified by a CR.  Explanation of how it fits the key


Hedges, scrub, waste places.

When to see it

Flowers May to September.

Life History


UK Status

Scattered localities throughout, but most frequent in coastal Wales and the south west of England.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, the Elmesthorpe record in 2016 was the first confirmed record of this species in VC55. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Listed as subsp. babingtonii in the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) - the commoner taxon, according to Stace - and as No Recent Record.  The last record was 1840.  On the local Rare Plant Register

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