Downward-swooping ¾–1" flowers bloom midspring in clusters of up to 20 flowers riding just above or reaching out from amongst the foliage. Pinkish-mauve with streaks of lighter color along the lower portion and mouth of each tubular spurred flower, darker pink at the upward-angled tail spur. Deeply lobed palmate or fern-like grey-green leaves. Goes dormant in summer.
The genus name comes from the Greek word for ‘crested lark’ and the common name from its former genus Fumaria meaning smokeplant.
Species native to northern hemisphere deciduous forest understories where there is partial shade and rich well-drained humusy soil. Moisture tolerant and deer-proof. Plant 4" deep and 4–5" apart.
8–10" tall. Mid Spring blooms, Z5-8. 6cm/up.