Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Corydalis-Yellow|
Everything about this perennial is dainty and refined. Fresh green, fern-like leaves are held in softly falling tiers, resembling the fronds of Maiden-Hair Fern.
Beginning in late spring, clusters of light yellow to rich gold flowers, somewhat like those of the fringed bleeding heart, hover just above the foliage. Though blooming is heaviest in late spring, C. lutea will continue to produce flowers thru mid-fall if plants are kept moist. Use this plant in cottage gardens, shaded rock gardens, or in containers. Reseeds prolifically.
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 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 alkaline. Adding lime to the soil will help to achieve these conditions. However, C. lutea tends to tolerate drier conditions better than the other species. Though it will grow in full sun with consistant moisture, this plant prefers partial shade. It self-seeds freely, and these seedlings can easily be transplanted to other locations or removed.