Common Fumitory is a common, scrambling plant growing in arable fields and on waste ground in the wider countryside, and favouring well-drained soils. It can also be found in gardens, where some gardeners view it as a weed.
How to identify
Common Fumitory has small, much-divided, grey-green leaves and crimson-tipped, pink flowers that appear from April to October.
Where to find it
Found throughout the country.
When to find it
How can people help
Many of our so-called 'weeds' are beneficial to wildlife, providing food for nectar-loving insects and shelter for minibeasts. Try leaving wilder areas in your garden, such as patches of flowers like buttercups in your lawn and nettles near the compost heap, and see who comes to visit... To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.