The Flowering race

Although the snow and ice persist in the shady areas, in a few containers the early spring flowering species are up and ready to go!

The flowering race is going to be a tight one this year. The contenders are: Corydalis solida – listed as the favourite, followed shortly by Dicentra cuccularia and an unexpected outsider – Hepatica nobilis var. japonica.

Ladies and Gentlemen: there is still time to place your bets! A few cold days with possible flurries are in the forecast before the finish line. Choose your favourite and place your wagers.

Dicentra cuccularia

Dicentra cuccularia

Hepatica nobilis var. japonica

Hepatica nobilis var. japonica

The favourite of the race

Corydalis solida - purple

Corydalis solida – purple

12 replies
  1. Pat Martin
    Pat Martin says:

    Gabi,

    They’re all beautiful but my soft spot is still for the sublime hepatica … Why an ‘outsider”?

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      It usually doesn’t flower so early, it is probably because I kept the container close to the house on the sunny side (so I can cover it with a hundred blankets :)

  2. Roozbeh
    Roozbeh says:

    I realise it’s a fairly mundane query given the beauty of these plants, but I’m trying D. cuccularia for the first time this year and was hoping you could share your mix recipe for growing this and similar plants in (plastic) pots. Also, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your wonderful blog. Thanks.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Thank you!
      Are you trying it from seeds, or from the small corms? For all ephemeral species the key is VERY good drainage when they get dormant, that sometimes is hard to obtain in (plastic) pots.I also
      have young Dicentra and Claytonia in pots and what I am doing is: use a potting mixture with added sand and small size pots/containers, rather tall than the wide type; this way they will dry out fast even if they get too wet, or after watering (because on the other hand, they shouldn’t dry out completely). (Also, place them on a shaded location after flowering)
      Hope it helps.

      • Roozbeh
        Roozbeh says:

        Thank you so much for the advice. I’m actually trying it from seed for the first time. I’ll be sure to keep it on the drier side when dormant, and hopefully that will do the trick. I’m very excited to see how it goes. Thanks again!

        • diversifolius
          diversifolius says:

          Good luck then! They are best from fresh seeds or kept moist; I also sown Corydalis last year, we’ll see soon if the seedlings show up or not ;)

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