C. lutea - November

The warrior Corydalis lutea

Only a short note for this month’s end because I think Corydalis lutea (syn. Pseudofumaria lutea) deserves a special mention.
Transplanted during the summer in a crowded container where it lived for quite a while, made the trip to a new place, was dug & planted in the ground, not only it flowered continuously and provided food for pollinators and quite a few seeds, but it is still in flower today (featured image), after the last weekend’s temperature low of -9˚C (with snow cover).

It has shown up from seeds by itself in the spring, like it often happens, but I think it is a bit special. More of its seeds have been spread around today, so the ‘blood’ of this warrior’ will perpetuate in the new garden :)

C. lutea -July

Corydalis lutea in container, July

mid November

In the garden last week…

6 replies
    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      It usually is, but you never know…All Corydalis have such a lovely foliage and are great for long tongue pollinators.

  1. Inger Knudsen
    Inger Knudsen says:

    I have Corydalis ochroleuca, a pale, cream colored Corydalis. It is the first to flower in spring and the last to flower in the fall. Not as colorful as lutea but very uplifting. Very easy to weed out

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      I also found a small clump with different foliage when digging around and I was wondering if not C. ochroleuca, I’ll see for sure next year; there should be plenty of C. lutea seedlings if you want some.

  2. Amy Olmsted
    Amy Olmsted says:

    I love this plant too! I dug seedlings of it from work…..didn’t get to planting them out for a day……planted them and then didn’t water them at all…….it rained…..finally…..and they look wonderful and should flower next year!

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      They should, but sometimes it doesn’t like to grow where is planted. Like many ‘weedy wonderfuls’, it likes to go around until it finds its place :)

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