This species produces mauve-pink, purple, or white flower spikes in spring over deeply divided gray-green leaves that are barely 10 inches tall.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsIn time it forms an ephemeral carpet of delicate color and texture in the spring.
CarePrefers partial shade or full sun. Needs very well-drained, moderately fertile soil. Grow in a rock garden.
PropagationSow seed when fresh; germination may be erratic. Divide in fall.
ProblemsDowny mildew, rust, aphids, slugs, snails; spider mites indoors.
- Genus : Corydalis
- Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
- Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
- Bloom Time : Early Spring, Late Spring, Spring
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Uses : Ground Covers
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Flower Color : Pink, White
- Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Foliage
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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