Nothing says spring is here better than the fleshy, ferny foliage of this Corydalis! It will be followed by colourful spurred flowers. Once you establish a few, they will multiply by themselves in a rainbow of colours.
Super-hardy and a great plant for bringing the garden to life after a cold, long winter. After flowering and setting seeds, it quietly retreats into the ground just in time to leave the space for late perennials.
Very economical to do from seeds, especially for naturalizing. True colours can be maintained only if multiplied from bulbs; the seedlings will vary greatly but are all delightful.
B3 is most vigorous and fragrant – my favourite; B5 just a couple pck.
Germination: best sown fresh or throughout the summer/fall – kept moist (require warm-cold cycle). In the last featured image – 1 and two years old seedlings. It can also be sown ‘in situ’.