How To Grow Corydalis solida In The Spring Flower Garden
Corydalis solida is a member of the poppy family and at least 200 different species of this plant are known. For the most part, they are easy to grow sometimes too easy and turn into rampant weeds. I was enticed to grow C. ophiocarpa
one year and it took me the next 5 years to eliminate it from my garden.
on the other hand is a hardy perennial for me and while it gets a trifle weedy, its bright yellow flowers bloom constantly
from early May until late October in my part shade garden.
The interesting thing is that while some of the family comes from seed, C. solida
comes from a tuber and you can easily find them in good garden
shops or on the Net.
Just for the Record
The word Corydalis comes from the Latin korydalis
meaning crowned lark as the markings on the flower resemble (a bit of a stretch here)
the tufted crown of a lark.
Plant the tuber so the base is approximately 5-10 cm or 2-3 inches deep.
It should be in the part shade for best results. Note that it will
grow nicely in slightly deeper shade if adequate moisture is available.
It will not be overly happy in full sun or dry conditions. Space the
tubers approximately 3-5 inches apart.
Because it is a woodland type of plant in the wild, it will perform best if given these conditions. Dont put it out in the mixed perennial
border in full sun and expect it to thrive.
Flowers and Leaves
Corydalis solida flowers are a pinkish purple (sounds terrible but it is actually quite nice). The leaves have a blue tone to them and they are glaucous (thick and fleshy) so they are quite attractive by themselves.
You should see blooms in late spring to very early summer. The flowers will stand up approximately 7-9 inches.
Besides the shade garden and shady rock garden, you might consider letting this plant naturalize under shrubs and trees.
Yes. You won't have to worry about that. It loves to propagate itself from seed and simply taking the seedlings out will give you more than
any gardener in their right mind would want.
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