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common name: Common Fumitory, Earthsmoke
purple & green
full sun, part shade
moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 9
Annual or sometimes perennial wildflower of semi-erect to sprawling habit. 2-pinnate greyish green leaves. Stems and leaves may become purple flushed. Racemes of pinkish-purple flowers with dark purple-red tips, mainly produced from March to November but also through winter in mild areas. Small, round, berry-like fruits follow.
Thrives on sandy and medium loams, in sun or part shade.
Traditional medicinal herb used to treat skin conditions and as an eyewash.
Locally common European native, especially in North Western areas, including Britain. Occurs in grassy waysides and disturbed ground, regarded as a weed of arable land and gardens.