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Fumaria officinalis

Fumeterre officinalis
Common Fumitory

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

pink

Flower size

7-9 mm

Flowering months

February,

March,

April,

May,

June

Leaf type

Trifoliate

Height

10-50 cm

Description

Cultivated, fallow and waste ground.

Flowers are used to make a yellow dye for wool.

In Provence, it is said that Fumaria holds the secret to a long life.

Flowers

The flowers are pinkish-purple with a reddish-black tip, two-lipped with a spur.

Leaves

Trifoliate with three leaflets. 3 leaves with deeply lobed, blunt leaflets, pale greyish-green.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: kidney-shaped, one seed.

Medical

Flowering part: tonic herb, improves liver and gall bladder function. Internally and externally used for skin complaints, externally for conjunctivitis.

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