Climbing Fumitory (Adlumia fungosa)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 15 feet
Leaves: Other: fernlike, finely divided
Fruit: Other: Pod enclosed in the dried petals, containing about 6 small seeds, dark brown when ripe
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Will Naturalize
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Stratify seeds: May need cold moist treatment.
Days to germinate: Often takes 1-3 months to germinate.
Sow in situ
Other info: Roots brittle; transplant with care.
Pollinators: Bumblebees
Containers: Not suitable for containers


Posted by vic (North Carolina) on Dec 9, 2013 3:52 PM

The blooms resemble Bleeding Heart. It will need a trellis and protection from wind. It does not do well in drought or extreme heat.

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 2, 2015 9:50 PM

I bought the bleeding-heart vine (the name I prefer) about 5 years ago from the Friends School Plant Sale. I'm a fan of the Fumarioideae subfamily (bleeding-hearts and corydalis), and have several species in my garden.

The bleeding-heart vine is a biennial, growing as a rosette of fernlike leaves in the first year and then producing a vine and blooming in the second year. In the second-year plant, the ends of the leaves form tendrils and twine around things that they touch, holding up the vine. The flowers are rather small bleeding-heart type things with three points at the end. This species belongs to the poppy family, and the pouch is made up of four petals like all poppy flowers. The flowers grow in clusters, and are either pink or white. Not sure if this is genetic variation or due to growing conditions.

After the flower blooms, it produces pods that are enclosed in gray dried flower petals. The seeds germinate rather unpredictably, and it's best to sprinkle them over a wide area and wait for them to germinate. When they form a little rosette of leaves, you can move them to a better position. They're not too hard to transplant, if you keep in mind that they have a narrow set of taproots that are fairly brittle. They can be bare rooted briefly, if you make sure to press the soil carefully around the roots and water deeply.

The plant grows well in moist shade, but I think it prefers to have its roots shaded and moist, and its leaves in the sun.

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