Corydalis shihmienensis 'Berry Exciting' PP18917 COPF
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
This colorful mutation of 'Blackberry Wine' lights up the garden with its absolutely brilliant gold, ferny foliage. Beginning with a big flush of blooms in late spring, fragrant, fabulously contrasting purple flowers appear in clusters just above the foliage for nearly four months.
This plant has a similar spreading habit as its parent, making it a great choice for spilling over rock walls, hanging baskets, or as a groundcover beneath large shrubs.
Intro Year: 2006
Breeder: Harini Korlipara
Introducer: Terra Nova Nurseries
Parentage: 'Blackberry Wine' mutation
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Average water needs
Consistent water needs
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How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Corydalis grows best in moist, well-drained soils that are neutral to alkaline. Adding lime to the soil may help to achieve these conditions. This variety will produce the best gold colored foliage when sited in filtered morning sun, such as at the edges of woodlands. Though it will grow in full shade, the foliage color will be more chartreuse there.
In the Midwest and Northeast where summers are typically hot and humid, this plant may go summer dormant. Keeping plants well-watered and mulched will help to keep the roots cooler and may help to thwart summer dormancy. In the Pacific Northwest and in climates where the summers are not as humid, it typically does not go summer dormant.
Though Corydalis typically self-seeds freely, this yellow mutation does not tend to seed around. A heavy winter mulch is recommended.