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Yellow corydalis

Corydalis lutea

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This species has bluntly spurred golden yellow flowers from late spring to early fall. Its pale green, glaucous leaves form compact, ferny mounds.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis adaptable species is suitable for borders, rock, cottage and woodland gardens. It tolerates most well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. 

CareThis woodland species does not tolerate high humidity and high temperatures during the summer months or wet soils during winter, but is otherwise adaptable as long as it is planted in full sun or part shade.

PropagationSow seed when fresh; germination may be erratic; divide in spring.

ProblemsDowny mildew, rust, aphids, slugs, snails.

  • Genus : Corydalis
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Early Summer, Fall, Late Spring, Late Summer, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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