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Corydalis aurea

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In spring, this biennial produces small yellow flowers, which are carried tightly over finely divided, sea green leaves. It self-sows freely.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis species is native to North America and a number of states list it as threatened or endangered.

CarePrefers moist but well-drained soil in partial shade.

PropagationSow seed when fresh for flowering the following year; germination may be erratic.

ProblemsDowny mildew, rust, aphids, slugs, snails.

  • Genus : Corydalis
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Late Spring, Spring
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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