Information on Climbing Corydalis

Common Name: Climbing Corydalis
Scientific Name: Ceratocapnos claviculata
Irish Name: Fliodh na tuí
Family Group: Papaveraceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Climbing Corydalis could sometimes be confused with:

Corydalis, Yellow,

Climbing Corydalis bears quite small (4-6mm long) creamy-white flowers that are somewhat similar to those of Yellow Corydalis, but much shorter. These are tubular and zygomorphic, with 2 sepals and 4 petals and are grouped in short spikes. The bi-pinnate leaves are flat-lobed, much-divided and end in branched tendrils which help the plant to scramble and climb. The plant, which never grows beyond about 70cm, produces a mass of delicate foliage with the flower clusters appearing from April to December. Formerly known as Corydalis claviculata, this is a native, annual plant species which belongs to the Poppy or Papaveraceae family.

I first saw and photographed Climbing Corydalis in April 2018 when a very kind visitor to this website, Jill Stevens, told me about it and she even brought me to the spot where it grew in Killiney, Co Dublin. Thank you Jill.

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Corydalis, Climbing
Corydalis, Climbing

In ‘The Flora of the County Dublin’ (1904), Nathaniel Colgan wrote that this plant was a rare species in Ireland. However he also wrote that it was ‘abundant amongst gorse and rocks on Ballybrack  (Killiney) Hill’ (1894) and also ‘on the south and south-east faces of Killiney Hill in 1903, and also in the woods of Victoria Castle, Killiney, 1901’. Nice to know the species still thrives.