Pale Corydalis has a Delicate Flower

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Corydalis sempervirens is an attractive biennial native to rocky, shallow-soil sites and cooler climates. It is easy to start from seed and has light to dark pink tubular flowers with yellow tips and greenish-blue leaves. Being a biennial, it will have basal rosettes at ground level the first year and flowering plants the second year. It could fill in any bare spot in a sun or semi-shade garden quite quickly.

Quick Growing Guide

Botanical Name: Corydalis sempervirens

Botanical Family: Fumariaceae

En français: Corydale toujours-verte

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Pale Corydalis can be propagated through division and seeding and does best in dry, sunny to partly sunny areas of slopes, woodland edges, rocky or sandy soils, but where the air temperature is not overly hot, as this is a plant for cooler environments.

Pink and yellow pale corydalis flowers
Pink and yellow Corydalis

Its natural habitat consists of dry rocky deciduous woods and borders. It is most common in the New England states, the Great Lakes region, and south along the Blue Ridge Mountains into northwestern Georgia. It is widespread in Canada and can also be found in Alaska. Companion plant suggestions many spring ephermals, including Raspberry Splash Lungwort, Dutchman’s breeches, Trilliums, Trout Lilies, and Bloodroot.

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